Life is hell without Jesus!
Matt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Hell, was created for the devil and his angels, not for people. Yet, people, devoid of the love of God, end up there, in multitudes. Come out from among them, and receive Jesus, and serve Him. There are many benefits to serving Him, but the greatest by far is eternal life.
I heard a good friend of mine Gregory Gill say it this way – if all we ever got for serving Jesus was eternal life, we have been overpaid.
If we are going to be like Him, living and loving victoriously, our life will become poured out in service to others, ‘for God so loved the world that He gave….’
Apart from Him we can do nothing of eternal worth or consequence, but in Him, we can become agents of change, history makers, nation shakers, salt and light to a hurting world.
I have heard the analogy of salt being used as healing. Pastor Sharon of Victory Christian center said it this way:
Jesus said we are salt to the earth.
Some have said that back in the day of Jesus, there was no refrigeration, so salt was used to prevent meat or fish from spoiling, the analogy being that we as Christians, walking in love and holiness, become a moral preservative to a world that would rot in sin and depravity, were we not here. While this analogy is valid, I love what she said: “Salt is healing. Think about it. If you have a rash or sore on your leg, and you go swimming in the ocean, the salt cleanses the wound, and it quickly heals. You may have sore eyes, but the salt water cleanses and heals us”.
This is the heart of Jesus. Not that we serve Him out of fear of hell, rather that we experience His love, and then love the unlovable, even our enemies…
Love God, Love people, victoriously, in Jesus.
This is the good news, this is our mandate, purpose, and reason for being here…
“Father God, help me to experience Your love today, and to love the world, revealing Jesus, His heart, His message, His mandate, to people You have created.Holy Spirit, do what I cannot, display Your power, might, mercy, and the intimacy of Your love to these: In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”