We make decisions every day. For technical work, our decisions are usually based on some analysis and previous data. We could take risks but it should be some kind of informed risk-taking. Our decisions must also be made in a timely manner or else we could miss opportunities. A delay could be very costly.
I believe it’s the same way in life. There’s a decision that has to be made. But we often feel we still have enough time. Some would say, “I’m still young. It’s not yet time for such things.” So you may be wondering what decision I’m referring to. I would say it’s the most important decision that we could ever make in life. It’s a decision to prepare for eternity because life in this present world is just temporary. Death would certainly come even to the wealthiest or the most intelligent man on earth.
Now, how could we prepare? Just like travelling for the first time to a new place, we need a map or guide. When preparing for an exam, we get books and other references to review. So in the same manner, we could prepare for eternity by reading God’s word – the Bible. We have to read it. Then we would know what God the Creator is really saying. Don’t settle for second hand information. During my college years, my usual practice was to check our textbook (firsthand information) when in doubt on a certain topic because I had a tendency to get more confused or unconvinced when I just got some explanations from others (secondhand information).
And when we read the Bible, we will learn four very important truths that would lead us to the most important decision in life:
* God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life (John 3:16 and John 10:10).
* Man is sinful and separated from God (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23).
* Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
– He died in our place and rose from the dead. (Romans 5:8 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
– He is the only way to God (John 14:6).
* We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:1-8, Revelation 3:20).
This decision can be summarized in the following prayer:
“Lord, I am sinful and have rebelled against You. I now turn from my sins and I open the door of my heart to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Take full control of my life, and make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
So when will we make that most important decision to surrender our life to God and serve Him only? Is it only when there’s no more chance and it’s already too late? We don’t know when death comes but when we entrust our life to the God who holds the universe we will have that assurance of eternal life in heaven. Why not go to God in prayer now?