“I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32
Read this verse over and over. What is God whispering to you?
This morning the whisper I hear is “Live.” We are still in the season of Easter. The period between Holy Saturday and Pentecost. Christ died and rose again so that we might live. What does that mean to you?
For those who were born into Christianity we can sometimes take for granted what it means. We have always known Jesus as our Savior. We have always known that we have forgiveness. Because of that we need to look to the new converts for inspiration. Look how excited they get when they realize they are saved. Allow that excitement to spill over on you. Even though we were born into Christianity we were still lost until we were baptized. We were still caught in deaths trap until the Holy Spirit came into our lives. Don’t take this for granted.
From the beginning God didn’t yearn for our death. He gave provisions for our salvation. Yet we try to take advantage of God’s mercy and grace. For some, sin is nothing. I have forgiveness therefor it doesn’t matter if I sin. That attitude is death. It is proof that you have not accepted Christ as your Savior but instead have tried to take Him hostage. Using Him for your personal gain. That is not salvation. That is sinfulness. Sin is death.
For others we have taken the concept that we must try hard not to sin. That we must follow the rules to the letter and don’t get caught close to the sinners because they may corrupt you. That is also death. We can’t earn our salvation. We have been set free not by our doing but by the work of Jesus Christ. If you are saved, then you will try to pass that on to all. Fear of sin is lack of trust in God.
So where does that lead us? We need to understand we are sinners in need of a Savior but then we need to realize that our Savior has set us free from Sin. This means we live for Him and not ourselves. Repenting doesn’t mean trying to do better. It means turning from our sin, our selfish ways, and turning to Jesus, giving our lives to Him. It means living a life for Christ. Serving Him always. Trusting Him to provide what we need when we need it. It means working in a way that honors Him. Shining Christ’s light everywhere we go. Will you live for Jesus?