The Most Important Decision Ever!
By: Brad Huddleston
I remember a West Virginia country boy standing up in church many years ago, holding his toddler. In his deep southern accent, he said, “I really love y’all a lot, but I would never give this little boy up for a one of you.”
He was attempting to communicate our heavenly Father’s incredible love toward His children and the sacrifice He made for the salvation of those who would put their faith and trust in Him. Regardless of how loving a person may be, human love pales compared to God’s love—which is incomprehensible.
The choice of where we spend eternity is solely ours. No one can make this decision for us. Of the thousands of decisions you make here on earth, the most important is the decision you must make about your eternal future. The most crucial aspect to consider when making decisions is to ensure that they revolve around this one fundamental issue, which overrides all other concerns in importance.
What exactly did God do to accomplish our salvation? My friend Pastor Alex Pappas from Oceans Unite Christian Centre in Vero Beach, Florida, recently recounted a powerful fictional illustration he heard when he was growing up in South Africa:
There was a bus full of tourists going down a hill who panicked when the brakes gave out. The bus driver knew that if he could make it to the bottom of the hill, the bus would slow down and stop on its own. But, as the bus was gaining speed while rounding a corner, suddenly, the driver saw a child standing in the middle of the road. So he had to make a split-second, gut-wrenching decision. If he swerved to miss the child, he would crash the bus, killing all of the tourists. If he hit the child, he would save everyone on board. But, as bystanders watched in horror, the bus driver did not hesitate; he ran over the child. Once at the bottom and the bus safely stopped, the driver made his way back up the hill. The bystanders were furious with him. “Why didn’t you swerve to miss the child?” they screamed. The bus driver picked up the child’s lifeless body and, with tears streaming down his face, said to the crowd, “This is my son.”
John 3:16 (NKJV) says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
In Acts 2:38 (NLT), Peter admonishes: “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”
So what about you? Have you put your faith and trust in what Jesus accomplished on the cross? Have you repented by turning away from your sins? Were you baptized in water later on? Maybe you made these decisions a while back but didn’t act on them. Now, you realize that you need to return to your heavenly Father. He will welcome you with open arms, whether you’re coming to Him for the first time or the one hundred and first.
If you would like to get started in your salvation journey, why not pray the following to Jesus?
Dear Jesus, I have sinned. Please forgive me. I believe that You died on a cross and rose from the dead so that I can receive eternal salvation. Please come into my heart, change my life, help me go in a different direction, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. And I confess that Jesus is Lord. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer and need additional help with your spiritual journey, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. God really does love you. Why not reach out today?