Before I was a Christian, I had no true purpose. Why would I? If God isn’t in the equation, then we’re all big blobs of bacteria floating through space, just waiting to die with nothing after. There’s absolutely no purpose.
Yet, the world will tell you that your purpose is to succeed, to be successful, to earn lots of money. 1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Jesus also said in Luke 9:25, what profit is it to a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his very own soul (in Hell)? You see, when you die, all of this is staying here. Nothing you owned or accomplished will matter. It’ll all pass away.
Take a look at what Jesus said in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” This earth and everything in it, will pass away, it’ll all be gone one day, but Christ and His Words won’t be. Those are eternal things.
So, the only thing that will matter in the end, is whether or not you are right with God. If you had repented and turned away from your sins that we naturally love, in this life. Putting full trust in Jesus Christ alone. If you die without doing that, then you’ll spend an eternity in a place called Hell. That won’t be a place to party with your friends. It’ll be a place where you’ll be tormented day in and day out! Without rest. Without even a split second of relief. For eternity. No going back.
You may say I’m trying to use scare tactics, but it’s simply the harsh reality. If I told you not to play on the highway, because you’d get run over by a vehicle, is that a scare tactic or the truth? You see, so many professing Christians are so afraid to preach the truth! They sway from the true Gospel of the Bible, which is the only Gospel! Paul says in Galations 1:8 that if ANY, even an angel, preach any other Gospel then what we’ve preached, let him be accursed!
There’s no such thing as a feel good Gospel. The Gospel doesn’t make you feel all nice inside, it tears you apart from the inside out! It shows you that you’re not a good person as we like to think we are. It shows you that we’re very corrupt and evil people, who truly deserve death and Hell, and don’t even deserve the next breath we take! See, that’s the problem with us, we feel a sense of entitlement. We are not entitled to anything. Do you understand that? Nothing. Zip. Zero. Anything short of Hell is a blessing!
This is why people hated Christ. This is why people hate the Gospel. This is why we are hated for the name of Christ and the Gospel. Jesus says in John 15:18 that when the world hates you, know that they hated Him first! The Gospel and everything about Christ goes against our sinful nature. Because God is very good, and we are very bad! The fact that God saves anyone is a miracle, because we don’t deserve to be saved. We deserve to be tormented in Hell for sinning against a perfect and holy God! God is pure, we’re corrupt.
Yet, Christ came and died on the cross, so that whoever believes and repents, can be blessed with what we don’t deserve – to be forgiven and spend eternity in Heaven with our God and Saviour. Christ took what He didn’t deserve, He took what we deserved. We deserve to have God’s wrath poured upon us in full. But God isn’t willing that any should perish. He will judge and punish all those who refused to repent and turn away from their sins, with an eternity in Hell. This is the harsh reality no one likes to accept. All you need to do if you aren’t saved, is to humble yourselves, admit you are a wretched sinner deserving of Hell, repent of the sins you love, and God is faithful to forgive and credit the price Christ paid on that cross, to your account. If you’ll only repent and believe.
You see, that’s the true Gospel, that while we were still sinners, Christ came and died for us so we could be free from sin (Romans 5:8). That we could be bought with a price – the blood of Christ – out of the slavery to sin, to become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18). While it is true we are deserving of Hell, it isn’t God’s will any should perish. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God is longsuffering and rich in mercy. Look at what Ephesians 2:4-10 has to say: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
While it isn’t God’s will any should perish, He is perfect, just, and holy, and therefore He must punish guilty sinners. We deserve that punishment, we deserve to have God’s wrath poured in full upon us, but because He’s so rich in mercy He provided an atonement through Jesus Christ. We’ve sinned against a perfect and holy God, He provided the atonement. How amazing is that? All you have to do is turn away from your sin in repentance, and put your trust in Jesus Christ. You can’t serve two masters. You’ll either serve Christ, or you’ll serve unrighteousness. Matthew 6:24 says this: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
You must come to Christ in humility, because you’ve sinned against a perfect and holy God. Nothing else. God doesn’t save us from a rough life on this earth, He saves us from what we deserve – an eternity of punishment. Going to God for anything other than forgiveness of our trespasses, is like going to a judge after you’ve committed murder and asking him to buy you a car. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Christians will be persecuted for their faith, but we have an incredibly joy in knowing Christ loved us so much that He died on a cross, paying the price we couldn’t. Who then rose from the dead on the third day, showing that He defeated and conquered sin and death, that sin no longer had a hold on anyone who would come to repentance and a saving faith. Our joy is knowing that when we die, we get to spend an eternity in a perfect place that has no more sorrow. A place with our King and Saviour. A place we didn’t belong to end up at, yet we were made worthy when we were born again, being born in the Spirit, and resurrected with Christ and in Christ.
Do I have a life of health and wealth because I’m a Christian? Not at all, that is a false gospel. Remember anything short of Hell is a blessing. I’m sick with a disease that affects my whole body, called Lupus, and I make very little money. But my life has purpose. What’s my purpose? To glorify my King and Saviour, to be a faithful servant by preaching the truth to all the world. To store up treasures in Heaven. In my sickness I can glorify God, because I know what I truly deserve is Hell, and I am forever grateful that Christ saved me, when I least deserved it. All I am, is a depraved wretch. To Christ, be the glory forever.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Josh Lachapelle – A depraved wretch