So I finally did it. I entered Publishers Clearing House to win $5000 a week for life. The thought kept going through my mind, “If you don’t enter you cant win” from even when I was a little kid. I entered my email, added my information to the website and hit confirm. I knew I was going to get many more emails from the company but I was not ready for their contents.
It was about a week after I had entered all my information and clicked the “confirm” button when I got an email saying, “You need to click on this NOW to CONFIRM that you are eligible to win your prize!” I thought in my mind that I was not going to go through the effort of entering the drawing and then not have my name eligible so I added my email again and clicked confirm....again. Later that day, I got another email basically saying the same thing the follow up email said with different wording but with the same level of urgency. I deleted it from my email and moved on with my day. As I type this blog, I have received probably 40 emails in the span of about 2 weeks telling me that I am not confirmed yet and that I need to CLICK NOW TO BE ELIGIBLE! I am beginning to think it may have been a bad idea to enter my name to win.
Now think about a relationship with Jesus. I am so glad that when I gave my heart to Christ and ‘signed on the dotted line” that the deal was done and I didn’t need to question whether or not I gave my heart to Jesus. The Bible is full of assurances that when we give God full control of our lives, he is not going to take it back or make us think that we didn’t really do what we thought we did.
The verse in Romans 8:38-39 says,
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There is nothing that happens around us to keep us from God and his love combined with an assurance throughout the Bible that we have already won! We do, however, need to consider if our actions are “unsubscribing” us from that love and protection. No one can say what the line is when/if we lose our salvation, but if I am not living the life I say I have committed to with Jesus, did I count the cost in the first place and just gave lip service to the idea of being saved? Think of it this way; God is NEVER going to walk away from you but you can choose to walk away from him.
Today, don’t let the devil lie to you when you have given your heart and life to Jesus. But also remember that if you are going to say Jesus is the Lord of your life then let your actions reflect it! God will always be for you and not against you and cheering you on to make good decisions in this life that will echo in eternity. Have a great week!
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