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We book my airline flights in advance to get the best possible fare. The only problem is that occasionally something will change in the meantime, and I can't use that ticket. They'll let me use it later, but sometimes I wish I could give it to one of our staff or a family member to use toward a trip they're taking. No can do. See, that ticket has my name on it. The person using it has to prove with photo I.D. that they are me because that's the rules. Only I can go on my ticket.
You just can't fly on someone else's ticket. That's a hard and fast rule with the airlines, and with God. There's no way you can get into heaven on someone else's ticket. You have to make your own arrangements with God on His terms.
Romans 14:12, our word for today from the Word of God says, "Each of us will give an account of himself to God." You won't be standing before God with your Christian husband or your Christian wife - your Christian parents - your son or daughter who's in Christian work - your Christian friends - the folks from church. No, Judgment Day...that will be you and God, and you won't be allowed in on someone else's ticket.
Jesus clearly described the only way to have a ticket to heaven. In John 3:3, He said, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "Born again" is not some cult or something a TV evangelist thought up. It's the experience Jesus said makes it possible for us to go to heaven when we die. John 1:12 describes how this new beginning happens: "To all who received Him (that's Jesus), to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." That's what happens when you're reborn. At that moment you become a part of God's family. And only His family is in heaven.
That's what happens when you "receive" Jesus; when you "believe" in Him. When the Bible talks about that it means you are welcoming Jesus into your life as your only hope of having your sins forgiven and of going to heaven. It's the total trust of a drowning person in the lifeguard who comes to save them. And if you've ever given yourself to Jesus in that way, you know you have. If you don't know you have, you probably haven't.
But thank God, He's given you another opportunity, this opportunity to take Jesus for yourself, to make Him not just the Savior, but your personal Savior. You may have people all around you who belong to Jesus, and maybe you've been hoping that your relationship with them, even the fact that they think you belong to Jesus will somehow get you into heaven. You can't get in on their ticket. But you can get one of your own today. Jesus paid your way with His life. It's when He died on the cross for every wrong thing that you've ever done.
So if you want to finally begin your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you need to tell Him that right where you are today. "Jesus, I was created by you and for you. I've lived for me. I have run the life you were supposed to run, and I know there is a spiritual death penalty for that. But I believe you absorbed that death penalty of mine on the cross when you died for me. And so, today I am willing to turn from the running of my own life and my sinful choices, and hold onto you like you are my only hope. Beginning right here and beginning right now, Jesus, I am yours. And that holy moment your sins can be forgiven and your ticket to heaven can be secured.
We've set up our website to give you the kind of information you need to be sure that you belong to Jesus - that you know how to begin life's most important relationship. I would encourage you to check it out at your first convenience today. It's YoursForLife.net. Or I'd be happy to send you my booklet Yours For Life if you'd just call toll free at 877-741-1200.
It's so good to know that you have your eternity settled, that if you died today you'd know you would go to heaven. Only Jesus can take you there.
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