There are some heart-wrenchingÂ stories in theÂ United States just now about homeownersÂ who are losing their homes.Â Foreclosures are rampant. It isÂ estimated that 1.2 million familiesÂ across the country canâ€™t make theirÂ mortgage payments, and banks canâ€™tÂ wait any longer.
Have you ever lost your home?Â Do you know what itâ€™s like to emptyÂ your cupboards and pack up yourÂ belongings â€“ not because you wantÂ to, but because you have to? Have youÂ ever â€˜hadâ€™ to do the final sweep of yourÂ home and then get in your packed carÂ and drive away for the last time?
Those who have lost theirÂ homes speak of the shame andÂ embarrassment of having to break theÂ news to their family and neighbors.Â They talk about seeing their livesÂ crumbling all around them and theirÂ dreams evaporating as they move inÂ with relatives or into apartments.
The reality is that we can lose ourÂ earthly homes as a result of our ownÂ inability to make the payments â€“ butÂ there is a home you can NOT lose. YouÂ can miss it, but you canâ€™t lose it.
Heaven is an offer from God thatÂ depends completely on the sufficiencyÂ of Christ â€“ not our own endeavours.Â Our debt of sin was huge, but theÂ Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died toÂ satisfy all that was outstanding againstÂ us in Godâ€™s books (Romans 5:6, 8).Â God now offers you an eternal homeÂ in Heaven as a gift for you to eitherÂ accept or reject. The Lord Jesus ChristÂ secured it with His blood. Once youÂ have this eternal home, it is yoursÂ forever. You will miss it if you rejectÂ Godâ€™s gift.
Missing Heaven is a very real dangerÂ and your regrets will be eternal. TheÂ forgiveness of sins, eternal life, andÂ Heaven is not yours to earn or workÂ for, but to simply accept as a free giftÂ from God. Jesus said: â€œI give (itâ€™s a gift)Â unto them eternal life; and they shallÂ never perishâ€ (John 10:28). NeverÂ means never!
â€œFor God so loved the world, that HeÂ gave His only begotten Son, that whosoeverÂ believeth in Him should not perish, but haveÂ (possess) everlasting lifeâ€ (John 3:16).
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