What Should We Do? How Should We Live?

In many ways the future is uncertain. Who knows what is going to happen in the future? In spite of the uncertainty of the future, there are things that “can be” and “should be” a part of our lives. Let’s notice three things:

The FORGIVENESS of Sins. Man’s greatest problem is that of his own sin. “There is none righteous, no not one…All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. … The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 3:10,23; 6:23). Because of our sins we are separated from God (Isa. 59:1-2). We are without Christ, having no hope and without God (Eph. 2:12). To die in this condition is the greatest of all tragedies —lost forever, cast into hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 22:11-14). Man’s greatest need is for the forgiveness of sins. By our obedience to the Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16-17; John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Matt. 10:32-33: Acts 2:38) we have the forgiveness of our sins “now” and can continue to enjoy that blessing in the future by being a faithful child of God (1 John 1:6-10).

The FELLOWSHIP of the Son of God. Fellowship with the Lord is one of the many great spiritual blessings enjoyed by the child of God. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3; 1 John 1:6-7). Again, let it be emphasized that “fellowship with the Lord” begins with our being “born again” (John 3:3-5). And, it can continue to be in our future as long as we “walk in the light” (live according to the Gospel, 1 John 1:6-7). We can lose the “fellowship of the Lord” (His “favor“) by going back into sin. We need to remember the words of John in 2 John 9, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

FAITHFUL Service. Notice the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Servants of God are to render faithful service. “Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2). Every child of God is to be involved in faithful service “now” and in the “future.”

What about you? Are you ready to become a Christian to be saved from your sins? Believe in Jesus the Christ (John 8:24; Mark 16:16). Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30). Confess faith in Jesus (Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9-10). Be Baptized into water where you contact the blood of Christ (Rev. 1:5; Eph. 1:7) for the forgivness of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21).

Jerry Joseph

(seektheoldpaths.com)

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