You must meet God. Are you ready?
In comparison with this question, all others are utterly insignificant. You may be successful in business, have a wonderful family, and be healthy in both body and mind. You may even be religious and respected by all. But can you say with certainty that you are ready to meet God?
To be ready to meet God requires a new birth. Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). This statement has no exceptions. It cannot be ignored, as it was given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you been born again?
The need for new birth arises from the fact that we are all sinners by birth and by practice. Sin is contrary to the nature of God. He hates sin, and it keeps us from having fellowship with Him. The Bible declares that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13).
But while God hates sin, He loves sinners. In fact, He loves us whether we walk the clean or filthy side of the road to Hell. Because He loves us, He has provided the way for us to be restored to fellowship with Him: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God’s judgment for sin fell upon Christ on the cross, and there is cleansing and forgiveness for all who believe on Him. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12). Through new birth, by receiving Christ, by believing He died for my sins, I am born into the family of God and can answer the question “Are you ready?” with a glad and confident “Yes!”
Have you known this change? Have you experienced this new birth? Have you turned to God in repentance, admitting that you are a sinner in need of salvation? Have you given up the false idea that you can earn God’s favor through your own “good” works? Have you by faith accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?
Do not resent these personal questions, for they are intended to lead you to blessing. If I were to tell you of a path to wealth and fame you would probably be very interested. What Jesus Christ offers you—forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him in Heaven—is of infinite value. Put the matter to the test. Do it now.
The terms are simple: “This is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 3:23). Will you receive Him, the living Christ of God who died, rose again, and now offers salvation to all who believe on Him? Will you trust Him now as your very own Savior? It is not the reception of a creed, or identification with a church, or becoming a religious person that saves. It is the acceptance of a Person, the Son of God. Your acceptance or rejection of Him answers the solemn question, “Are you ready?”
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). When you stand before God, will you be stained with your sin or will you have been washed clean through faith in Jesus Christ? The issue is very clear: your response to Jesus Christ now will determine your destiny for eternity. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved…. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 4:12; 16:31).
You must meet God. Are you ready?
Is YOUR Name In THE BOOK?Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.