September 6, 2007
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
--1 Timothy 1:15
Jesus Christ came to add to life, not to subtract from life. He said in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
It's been said that Jesus will not only add years to your life, but life to your years. The cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is God's plus-sign to the world to say, “I love you and I've come to give you this abundant, overwhelmingly good life.”
Some people think if they give their life to Jesus Christ, He's going to take away all those things that they enjoy. But remember that the only thing God asks you to give up are those things that harm and hurt you! Psalm 84:11 promises us, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
You know, we don’t deserve and we didn’t earn the favor and the love of the Father. But by His mercy and grace, and because of His great love, He sent us His Son to die in our place on the cross.
And through Christ… as believers… we have everything we need! So why should we ever be disappointed? Why should we be discouraged? Why should we be distressed? Who minds the journey if the journey leads home?
The old hymn says, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.” And how sweet it is! To be loved unconditionally… and eternally provided for… makes for a truly abundant life!
trusting in jesus christ is where true happiness and joy is found