What Would It Cost You To Miss the Kingdom of God?
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What Would It Cost You to Miss the Kingdom of God?

When Jesus becomes the foundation for your life it's like building on a solid rock. But when we build our foundation on our own interests instead of God's, then it's like building a sand castle.

What Would It Cost You to Miss the Kingdom of God?

Well to start with -you’d be turning your back on the best news ever. God wants to restore each of us to the way he originally made us – to walk with Him in fulfilling the purpose for which we were made. Every one of us has a job to do that God has arranged beforehand that we should walk in it – with Him.
(See Ephesians 2:10)

To build your life on your own interests instead of what God created you to be and do would be like building a sand castle. When the waves wash over the sand the castle erodes until there is nothing left. But when Jesus Christ becomes the foundation for your life, that is like building on a solid rock that will not erode when the waves and winds come.  

Then there is the issue of eternity. God originally made us to live forever with Him. King Solomon wrote, “God has planted eternity in man’s heart.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We all instinctively feel deep down that we were made to live on. Nobody in all of history spoke about eternity as Jesus did. He made it clear that man was meant to live forever – indeed he will live forever. But Jesus says that we have a choice as to where that will be – either WITH God or WITHOUT Him.

Jesus had come to earth from an eternity with God so that we could start over. He gave his ALL to accomplish this --- because God wants ALL of us to be part of his family. But, because we are made with free wills, Jesus knew that there would be many of us who would ignore, despise and outright reject what he has done for us. That’s why Jesus said this: “There is no judgment against anyone who believes me. But anyone who does not believe in me has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only son.” (John 3:18)

Then Jesus went on to say this:  “I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.” John 12:47-48 

These same considerations about following Jesus are for us to make today -- 21 centuries later. Jesus still wants to be #1 in our lives – the driving force behind our living --- and not just a Sunday hobby. The question is: Can we face that? Are we willing to take Jesus not JUST as our Savior but make him also our Lord and Master?

Whatever you feel you give up in making Jesus Lord will be amply repaid by the joy of his friendship in good times and bad. The strength of HIS character and moral power will become the same in you. You’ll have his forgiveness and cleansing because sin of any kind makes us dirty from the inside out. Even if others don’t see our dirty secrets we know them and the guilt we live with. Jesus offers us his righteousness.

Jesus, gives life new purpose and zest. We don’t just plod along like everyone else. We know where we are going and we want others to be part of the Kingdom of God too. And when life becomes unbearably pressured, Jesus is alongside us offering his peace and calm. He has promised us that he will never leave or forsake us and he keeps that promise because Jesus gives his own spirit to indwell our life.

Then you’ll find some amazing companionship with others who follow Jesus. They will become real brothers and sisters to you and you’ll have them all over the world. It’s really an amazing family. So you’ll have to decide one way or another for Jesus and live with your decision. The one thing you can’t do is nothing --- because not to decide is to decide.

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