THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!
Romans 6:22-23 (NIV) says “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It is impossible to be neutral. Every person has a master – either sin or God. A Christian is not someone who cannot sin, but someone who is no longer a slave to sin. He or she belongs to God.
During your lifetime, you are free to choose between sin or God, but you are not free to manipulate the consequences of your choice. Each of these two masters pays with his own kind of wages.
THE WAGES (PAYOFF) OF SIN IS DEATH!
This is all you can expect or hope for if you live your life without God.
THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!
You can have a new life with God that begins here on earth and continues forever with God in Heaven.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
When someone gives you a gift, do you say “That’s very nice – now how much do I owe you?” No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank You.”
Eternal life is a free gift from God. Since it is a gift, then it is not something that we can earn or buy, nor something that must be paid back. We become Christians through God’s unmerited grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part.
Yet many Christians, even after they have received the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God. This is not God’s intention! God’s intention is that our salvation will result in us desiring to serve others with kindness, love and gentleness.
Because our salvation and even our faith are free gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and help build the Kingdom of God.
WHAT CHOICE HAVE YOU MADE?
Have you chosen to reject God’s free gift of salvation and to continue serving sin as your master with the end result of death?
Have you chosen eternal life with God that begins here on earth and continues forever with God in Heaven?
IT’S YOUR DECISION. IT’S ALL UP TO YOU!
If you have not accepted God’s free gift of salvation, we encourage you to do so. Don’t wait – do it today! By ourselves, we are not worthy to go to Heaven. But, God loved us and counted us worthy enough to die for us and offered us the way to Heaven – if we accept it. To learn more, please see “God’s Free Gift”.
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