The Gamble Life or Death
If a choice is made it will involve some risk. Most choices are made not having all the information and often with little consideration given to consequences. It may be a leap in the dark in the spiritual realm called leap of faith. A shrug of the shoulders, a flip of the coin, a roll of the dice often decide questions of life Jesus demands that you risk everything abandoning long held beliefs many learned over years. Consider the options, the consequences, history, oral testimonies but once you place wager trusting in Jesus you will find. It is an all in bet.
A few things are matters of life and death. This is one of them. You have the freedom to choose. Reflect on the consequences. Gamble. Take a chance. None of us get out of this alive physically speaking. Spiritually we can live forever.
Our relationship to Christ is a matter of spiritual life or death albeit on a much higher plane. The Bible gives us the information in stories of people coming to a faith in God. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. All have sinned. Men are saved by Christ alone. Good works and good deeds count if based on faith in God.
What is the product key leading to spiritual activation? What is the game plan? How does the one come into a saving relationship with Christ? Some find the key we know, but that others do not. How is the gulf bridged spanned between redemption and salvation? How does that which Christ did for me become operative within me? The major question “What must I do to be saved? Reading the book of John in the Bible provided many answers. Beware to wager incorrectly is to gamble with our souls.
Evangelical followers provide two often used answers are taken from the Bible, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” “receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior,” (Acts 16:31, John 1:12). The third is a kind of paraphrase meant to sum up the other two. “accept Jesus by making a commitment to follow Christ.”
What is really being said? Surrendering to Jesus leads to a personal relationship with Jesus. It is altogether a unique spiritual experience. The attachment is at first intellectual awareness of a conscious emotional and moral choice made or done in faith. A person who has surrendered is reborn having setting aside rational pride and acknowledged their need for a savior. It is the recognition of sin and the repentance or turning away from sin by faith that beings spiritual growth. Truthfully it is a mystery. It is a supernatural empowering made possible by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Going all-in spiritually in the power of the Holy Spirit we are reborn as new creations in Christ enjoying all his work of redemption. To go all-in with Jesus is to know the meaning of the words “as he is, so are we in this world” (I John 4:17). We accept his ways as our ways, his rejection are our rejections. His cross becomes our cross. His future is our future. His game day plan becomes our purpose. We are all incorporated in him.