Recently my daughter shared on Facebook the following exchange that took place in the car between her 8 year old son and her 5 year old daughter.
Mea: Are we all going to die?
Erik: Not if you believe in Jesus because then you will live forever.
Mea: (pumping her little fist in the air) YES!
It is really that simple, isn’t it? It is the message of the New Testament: The Savior is here!
Yet, we adults make it so difficult. We debate, argue, quarrel, and as a result separate Christ’s church into warring factions. Some predict that the church as we know it will be a thing of the past in this century. How frightening that is to me!
Sometimes I think that the expression “The devil is in the details” is true when it comes to people arguing and nit-picking over their various interpretations of the Bible. The arguing separates us and the devil loves that. The original expression was actually, “God is in the details.” Perhaps if we kept that in mind as we study His Word, we would be more successful at spreading the Good News and growing Christ’s church.
Of course, we should study God’s Word! This is critical to growing our faith and drawing us closer to our Lord. But our relationship to God is a very personal one. And each of us has to sort that out for ourselves.
“If you believe in Jesus you will live forever!”
How about a fist pump and a resounding, “YES!”