September 9, 2010, watched me write my first post on this blog. I’m glad to see I had an iota of wisdom. It was a good beginning.
I hadn’t learned what the word “paragraph” meant yet. So I tried to inject returns where they might have been. Otherwise, I didn’t change the words. Let the man I was testify by himself.
There are many who will tell you various ways of ensuring your place with God for eternity. Some will talk about doing certain things, saying certain things, thinking or praying certain things. It’s easy to be confused.
If you are expecting me to give you a formula now, you’ll be mistaken. There are millions who will give you a formula; a step by step procedure to follow to ensure acceptance by God. So many claiming to know the “way”. How can you really know?
But let me ask you something: Who do you seek to be accepted by? Isn’t it God Himself? Then why are you looking to humans for the way? Before you begin, you turn away from God, in that you look to humans for the answers. The only way to avoid all the pitfalls laid before you is to go to the source.
Consider something: you’re seeking eternal peace, right? So why look here on earth for it? There are some simple truths. Look at the creation and think it through. Anyone seeking God, and expecting to please Him must, believe that He exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him. So, humble yourself before Him and earnestly (with all your mind, heart, strength, and soul) seek Him. If you do so, He will be found by you. You’re not seeking a burger at a fast food joint, so why act like it?
God is the God who searches through out the earth seeking those who humble themselves before Him. Admit that you are full of lies, hatred, envy, strife, idolatry, and more. Look inward and consider your ways. Listen to your mind and you will see it is full of these things. If anyone says they are without sin, they lie. So, humble yourself before the Lord of Heaven and Earth.
When the time is right, from God’s perspective, He will lift you up.
Jesus is His Son. There is Salvation for eternity in His sacrifice. But you will find that God desires truth from His people. You will be required to lay down all sin in your life. Through the cleansing of Jesus, you will find the power to do this. But make no mistake, the way to eternal life is a VERY narrow path. There are billions of ways to hell, but ONE way to eternal life.
Walk to God in Faith, Believe Him, accept and admit that your failings are fatal and eternal. Then. . . prepare to meet your maker.
Pray and act as though you want His approval. Be ready to lay down your present life if you find Him. Consider what he said about that: “IF ANYONE COMES TO ME AND DOES NOT HATE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, WIFE AND CHILDREN, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YES AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. AND WHOEVER DOES NOT BEAR HIS CROSS AND COME AFTER ME CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE” (Luke 14: 26, 27).
If you want a quick, sure fire way to find God’s favor, go looking. You’ll find thousands of them. They might make you feel good. But they might lead you astray too. Want God? Seek God. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14).