Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Take your pick!


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Typically we associate the words ‘Take your pick’ with shopping: we might see it written on a confectionery counter, or hear it spoken by a shopkeeper as he or she encourages us to select items from a pile of fresh fruit. This short three-word statement reminds us that we are continually making choices: in the supermarket, in the clothes shop, deciding which holiday destination to go to, which make and model of car to purchase. On many levels, we make selections throughout our lives. Sometimes we make the wrong decision or are advised incorrectly to take a certain course of action but often we can change our mind and in many cases, the consequences are not serious anyway. There are, however, occasions when the wrong choice can be fatal or at least life-changing and irreversible and so great caution is essential and detailed knowledge of what is at stake.

How thankful we ought to be that in the all-important matter of getting to Heaven there are not several options, but one, solitary means of obtaining salvation: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Other suggestions, of which, sadly, there are too many, are all doomed to failure, for example, doing one’s best, religion, good works, penance, baptism, charity, confirmation, partaking of ‘holy communion’, church attendance; the list goes on and on.

As a friend, with no ulterior motives or hidden agenda, desirous of your eternal welfare and blessing, I direct you to the Holy Bible for its clear, concise and changeless truth regarding the only way of salvation. It is God Who devised this wondrous plan of salvation, which was to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the cross and rise again. He offers salvation freely to all who will trust His Son as their Saviour.

  • “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4.12.
  • “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me’” John 14.6.
  • “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life …” John 3.36.
  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3.16.
  • “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ‘He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life’” John 6.47.
  • “And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved …’” Acts 16.31.

From these verses, it is clear that salvation is in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and only faith in Him will fit you for Heaven.

How simple God’s way of salvation!
Not trying or doing one’s best,
But just in believing on Jesus
The weary and sinful find rest!

(John Vickers)

There remains just one choice for you: will you accept Christ as your personal Saviour or continue to reject Him? Do you want to be saved now or carry on as you are? Will you choose Heaven or Hell? The choice is yours; choose wisely, and think of the consequences!

Used by kind permission of Assembly Testimony Publications

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