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  • Todd Graves

Are You Ready?

As I wait for my next set of scans and bloodwork at the Mayo Clinic (I will update on my health then) I am reminded of how blessed I have been to be given a second chance to life since my diagnosis in June of 2016. Life has taken on such a new meaning to me and the things that mattered the most to me are of no eternal value. I do not know how long I have on this earth (none of us do) but I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am for Gods faithfulness in my life during this journey.

About three weeks ago I mentioned to my wife that I believe that God gave me a desire to write a blog titled, “Are You Ready?” Since then I have really been waiting to see what and how God wants me to deliver this blog. I am confident that this is the most important question any of us can ever answer with the greatest of all consequences.

The most important decision that we can ever make is the acceptance or the rejection of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life that He has made possible through his death on the Cross. What an amazing redemption story, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. What amazing love God demonstrates through this selfless act of sacrifice. Romans 5:8 confirms this unconditional love to us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

Time is of great value for none of us know how much of it we have left. This is not a statement used a fear tactic, but it is to demonstrate a sense of urgency to self-evaluate. Where do we stand in God’s eyes? Are we ready to stand before Him? What did we do with Gods pathway to salvation, did we accept the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ? The scriptures are clear that there is no other way to Heaven but through Jesus. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. Further confirmation Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

The Bible is clear that just being a good person does not give us favor in God’s eyes. I was an example of this as I thought as long as I give a clean life, go to church and not hurt anyone then I am good. The question becomes if I live life that I think is good enough and that is not a path to God then what is? The only way to God is through Jesus, by the acceptance of the blood He shed for our sins on the cross. He was the perfect sinless lamb that God has accepted as a sacrifice for our sins. If we humble ourselves and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and repent of our sins, and turn from our wicked ways, then God is faithful to forgive our sins. Those who called upon the Lord will be saved, Romans 10:13. (Repentance means that we recognize that we are a sinner in the eyes of the Holy God and that we are sorry for our sins, and we want to turn away from our sins, and live for Him).

Does a life following Christ mean you will have no problems or issues in your life? Not even close, there are no promises for any of us to skate through life problem free. But, if you are a follower of Christ your outlook on life changes dramatically. This is not a change that you make in your life on your own, but God changes your heart. The more time we spend with Him the greater the desire we have to be like Him. God is so faithful, He promises that if we search for Him we WILL find Him. Jeremiah 29:13 says, you will seek me, and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. God promises us that we will have problems but don’t fear. John 16:33, “I have told you all this, so you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” As believers in Christ we have the confidence and hope that the world does not have, and that no matter what we go through God is there, with us, to see us through.

In addition, we know that this life is not the end. As Billy Graham once said, “My home is in Heaven, I’m just traveling through this world.” With the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus what do we have to fear if we have opened our lives to Jesus and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior of our lives.

Friend, I am not sure where you are at in your journey, whether you have been plagued with illness, financial problems, relationship issues etc.… God wants to meet you right where you are… He loves you and His desire is that none should perish but everyone come to repentance, 2 Peter 3:9. The decision is yours, God does not, and will not force himself on anyone. If you’re ready to enter into one of the most incredible journeys of your life I invite to open your heart and pray the following:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing I can do to save myself. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and I am so grateful. I repent of my sins and my life and I ask that you forgive my sins and wash me with the precious blood that Christ shed for me. I commit my life to you, and to your purposes, your will, and accept you as my Lord and Savior. Lord help me to trust you and live my life for you from this moment forward. Thank you for loving me Lord. In Jesus name I pray Amen.

God Bless You…and if there is anything I can do to help you in your journey please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime.

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