Are you missing out?
Wellness & Healthy
This story by an unknown author illustrates a
critical truth you can't afford to miss. If you read the article that follows, your
life may be changed forever!
young man was getting ready to graduate from
For many months he had admired a beautiful sports
car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford
it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man
awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his
graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how
proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved
He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.
Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a
lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily,
he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a
Bible? and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very
successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized
his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen
him since that graduation day.
Before he could make arrangements, he received a
telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions
to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father's house, sudden
sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's
important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years
With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn
the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, "And if ye, being evil, know how to
give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly father which is
in heaven, give to those who ask Him?"
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the
back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the
sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the
words...PAID IN FULL.
T his story by an unknown author teaches a great
It's a reminder that YOU may be missing out on the best gift of all!
If you read to the bottom of this page - get
ready for a surprise! What you learn in the next few minutes may change YOUR life
forever when you discover the gift that is waiting for you!
You see, God wants to
give brand new lives to those who recognize their need!
To receive the new one, we must realize
our old one is completely messed up.
What messed it up? Sin. That means living our
lives on our own as though there was no God to Whom to give an account.
With this attitude we believe we have a right to
our own lives... to do with them what we will, when we will, and with whom we
Sin means we're sitting on the throne of our lives instead of
God! Here are some of the results of
sin: boredom, anger, emptiness, hopelessness, guilt, unhappiness, broken
relationships and anxiety.
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
(Romans 3:23). "As the Scriptures say, No one is
good--not even one." (Romans 3:10). "There is none that
doeth good, no, not one
" (Romans 3:12b).
After reading these verses, how many people do you
think God sees as good on their own?
Suppose I had a huge traffic fine. The judge has
to make me pay the fine, otherwise he's not a good judge. But then someone pays my
fine for me.
In a much much greater way Jesus took the punishment sinners
From 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 we learn
that "Christ died for
our sins according to the scriptures; And He was buried, and He rose again the
third day according to the scriptures."
"For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish (be
lost), but have everlasting life."
"The blood of Jesus Christ His
Son cleans us from all sin"(1John 1:7).
The Bible presents the final outcome of rejecting
God's cure for sin:
"If anyone's name was not found
written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire"(Revelation
God is holy and just! He is the ultimate
Judge. What would you think of an earthly
judge letting a convicted murderer get off without any punishment?
That would be unjust! However, God did find a
way to uphold justice and be forgiving at the same time. How? He sent His Son,
Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Jesus Christ took our sentence.
People have tried many ways to earn merit with
God. They have the futile hope that their good works will outweigh their bad deeds.
But this cannot work!
Here's why. It's like trying to jump
to the moon on our own power! Professional athletes can jump much higher than
ordinary citizens, but even they cannot jump to the moon by
We can't earn our way to heaven either.
Sin pays a salary - it's
"For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans
Death means eternal separation from God! Since
those who reject God do not want Him in their lives now, God lets them be without
But there is good news! The greatest news of
all time! God gives eternal life to lost sinners because of the
death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
"For it is by grace you have
been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God --
not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I magine that a wealthy uncle wants to give you the gift of a
five million-dollar mansion just because he loves you. You are thrilled, of
course, but decide that you want to pay for it instead.
So you reach into your pocket and pull out a penney. You offer it to him and say, "Thank you so
much for wanting to give me a mansion, but I can't possibly take it as a gift.
I want to buy it from you. Here is a penney as the purchase price. Now we
should be even."
Try to imagine how the giver would feel after
offering such an expensive gift to have it devalued that way. What an
Eternal life is far beyond our reach to try to
earn because we can't afford it, but God gives eternal life to us by the purchase
price of Christ's blood!
Christ paid His all so we could go free!
When Christ brings us new life, we are given the
key to unlock and open any dungeon in which we have lived -- such as the dungeon of
fear, addiction, hopelessness and boredom!
Do you want to receive the gift of eternal