In the beginning God created man, and man lived in perfect harmony with God. Man, however, was not content to trust God as the loving provider of perfect joy, and instead desired to be God. In his free will man chose instead to believe Satan’s lie and to betray God. In so doing, man made himself an enemy of God, and made himself a slave to sin. But God, seeking to restore His creation, for His glory and in His love, humbled Himself and came to earth to herald the coming Kingdom of God and redeem for Himself a chosen people. He veiled His glory in human flesh, born in the form of the Son, Jesus Christ. Christ lived the perfect, sinless life that you and I could never live, and suffered the death that our sin deserved. He voluntarily laid down His life as the Father’s perfect sacrifice on the altar of the cross to serve as the satisfying payment of the debt our sins (past, present, and future) had created. There is no other payment sufficient, nor any further payment required. At the cross the full cost of God’s just wrath toward His depraved creation was paid in full. On the 3rd day Christ rose from the grave, overcoming death, and by the witness of men, ascended to heaven. With the gift of His sacrifice, Christ extends the offer of salvation to all who will lay aside their self interests and strive to live by faith in Him. Rather than face condemnation, those who place their faith In Jesus Christ are reconciled to God, adopted to sonship, progressively made holy, transformed into the image of Christ, and granted the promise of eternal life and the ultimate joy of dwelling in the presence of the LORD for eternity.
If you’ve never heard the gospel before, this is it. I’m setting it before you for your serious consideration. You can choose to serve any number of things…serve yourself, serve your desires, serve the dollar, serve your lust, serve your fears, serve other gods…but you choose today who you will serve.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.