Sunday, December 2, 2007

To Be Real: LIFE

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“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. “ – 1 John 5:12

When my son was growing up, we must have watched Pinocchio about a ten million times! It’s a wonderful story about a man named Geppetto who was a toy maker. He lived by himself with a cat named Figueroa and a goldfish named Cleo. One day Geppetto made a marionette puppet boy out of wood and named him Pinocchio.

That night as he lay in bed, Geppetto wished on a star. He wished that little Pinocchio would become a real boy. Geppetto drifted off to sleep. But while he slept, a blue fairy heard his wish, and came to visit Pinocchio. That night in the toyshop, she gave life to the little puppet boy. He was still a wooden doll, but she told him that if he wanted to become real, he needed to prove to be three things: brave, truthful, and unselfish.

God wants to give us life too – eternal life. But unlike the story of Pinocchio, you have to ask for it yourself. Your parents may be Christians. Your grandparents may be Christians. You may have Christian friends. But becoming God’s child doesn’t happen through osmosis. You have to ask for it.

Do you want real life? Do you want to be free from the life you lead? It’s a wish away.

Do you believe that Jesus was God’s son? Even demons know it to be true. (Matthew 8:28-30)

Do you believe you are a sinner? Guess what? We all are! (Romans 3:23)

Do you believe that Jesus died to right your wrongs, to clean you from your sins? He did. (1 Peter 3:18)

If you can answer those questions with a “yes”, you can be saved. God waits for you to ask for it – to wish for it. Simply pray, talk to God, and tell him you want him as your Father, you want the new life he has promised, and that you accept Jesus as your savior. Then tell others! (Romans 10:8-10)

So, tell me now friend...do you have eternal life?

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