” For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him,
but also to suffer for his sake.”
Salvation is a two-edged sword. One the one side it is a wonderful, life changing event that was made possible by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on a cross many years ago. He took the penalty of our sin, and freed us from the bondage of sin. This was foretold in Genesis 3 when Eve is told by God in verse 15 – her seed will bruise the heel of the serpent. The thread of salvation flows all the way through the Old Testament. Prophecies in places like Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 tell details of what Messiah will suffer. And once the events took place, His salvation was available for all who will call on His name (Rom 10:9-10, 13). guidance
The good side of this salvation includes healing, deliverance from addictions and torments, love, joy, peace, fellowship, the Holy Spirit, revelation into His word, grace, mercy, -I could go on and on. Oh, and it gives us eternal life in heaven with all the others who have called on His name. We have hope now, a hope that is forever. Those without Christ are headed for a hell they have not even imagined in their wildest dreams. We hear jokes about hell all the time. Things like it’s hotter than hell, or I’m going to party in hell. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hell is a place of torment forever and forever. You do not want to go there, for any reason. Imagine constantly grinding your teeth to ease the pain (Matt 8:12), eternal punishment (Matt 25:16), fire and worms all over (Mark 9:48), and finally cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:14). Salvation in Christ is the only way to avoid hell. Please make sure you do do.
But the other side of the coin is that we who are saved will suffer persecution while we still live. When you get saved, depending on your previous life style, you will probably have to give up friendships or you may lose your salvation. You may be made fun of for becoming a religious person, you may be cast out of your social circles. Now, there are new friends to be made, don’t get me wrong. Betting into a local church will bring people around you who can help you with your walk. They will be a blessing to you. Persecution and suffering gets worse if you get into ministry. Missionaries in some countries risk their lives to preach the gospel. But it is worth it to them, just like it was to Paul the apostle (Philippians 1).
Accept Jesus as your Savior. Avoid Hell at all costs. And allow God to walk you through the storms that may come. He is worth everything!
Lord, I thank you for your amazing grace and mercy. You took a lost sinner and saved me from a devil’s hell. You turned my life around when II need it, gave me a wonderful family, filled my heart with the heart of a worship leader and preacher, and keep me in every storm. What a wonderful Savior you are.