Ever have someone wish you a good day? Your next door neighbor, the cashier in the grocery store, your friend at school, or even a total stranger may say to you, “Have a good day.” But does this wish cause us to have a good day? How can we really have a good day—not only today, but every day?
A GOOD DAY AND A GOOD FOREVER
It is our wish for everyone not only to have a good day but to have a good forever. And how can you have a good day if you are not assured of a good forever? You may try to ignore the future by concentrating on the pleasures of this life. You may be partly successful with this and even say to yourself, “Take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19). But if you do not know where you will be when your life is over, thoughts of the future will inevitably return to spoil your present joys.
ONE THING CAN RUIN BOTH
God has provided a way for everyone to have a good forever. But, if you do not avail yourself of that way, then your future is foretold in Hebrews 9:27: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Death and judgment are the results of sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin will keep you from having a good forever, and it will keep you from having a good day. If you die in your sins, it will be too late to change your forever (Revelation 20:15).
TODAY CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
But you can change that future now. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God, who is holy and must punish sin, is also a God of love. He has provided a way for sinners to be saved from the consequences of their sin. God is longsuffering toward us, and is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9). In fact, God never prepared hell for man but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
THE PRICE HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID
The salvation that God provided does not set aside His holiness and righteousness. It is summed up for us in Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ, the sinless Son of God, satisfied all of God’s holy and righteous requirements by dying for our sins. God’s wrath and judgment against sin were met by Christ when He suffered the awful agonies of the cross (Matthew 27:46; 1 Peter 3:18). Jesus then rose from the dead, proving these things to be true (John 11:25; 1 Peter 1:3; Acts 17:31).
WHAT IS THE WAY?
Yes, God has provided a way for you and me to have a good forever. This way of salvation is open to all who will confess their sins to God in true repentance, believe that Jesus died for them, and receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. If you sincerely take these steps, the power of death will be broken and there will be no judgment ahead for you because Jesus Christ has said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Your sins will all be forgiven and your future will be bright and clear with a certainty of being with Christ in heaven.
THE SOURCE OF GOOD DAYS
As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ you will not only be sure of a good forever, you will also be able to have a good day every day. Jesus will never leave you, and the more you fellowship with Him through prayer and reading the Bible daily, the more you will experience His presence in your life. Even when everything around you seems dark and discouraging, God’s presence in your life brings “fulness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). —John D. McNeil
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