“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” – II Tim. 3:15
Salvation is the most important thing in the world, both now and hereafter. If you are not saved, nothing else really matters.
An old man and a little boy were out together for a boat ride. As they rode across the lake, a beautiful leaf came floating by the boat. Taking the leaf in his hand, the old man asked, “Son, do you know anything about botany?”
“No,” replied the boy.
“Why,” said the old man, “you have missed twenty-five percent of your life.” After a while the boat passed some beautiful rocks along the shore. “Look at those beautiful stones,” said the old man. “Do you know anything about geology, Son?”
“No, I am afraid not,” said the boy.
“Then you’ve missed twenty-five percent of your life,” he said
In the early evening the stars appeared in the sky. Looking at them, the old man asked, “Son, do you know anything about astronomy?”
“No, Sir,” replied the boy, “you have missed twenty-five percent of your life.”
Now it was time to go home, and when they turned the boat for shore, it flipped over in the water and sank. The young boy started swimming for shore. Looking back he noticed the old man was only splashing the water. He yelled, “Mister, do you know how to swim?”
“No!” screamed the old man.
And the boy replied, “Then you’ve lost YOU’RE life.”
If you know about everything else but do not know Christ as your personal Saviour, you have lost your life. The bible says in John 3:36, “He that believeth no the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
- Realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
- Realize the penilty of sin. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23 This speaks of a spiritual death which includes everlasting punishment and eternal separation from God. (Revelation 20:14)
- Realize Jesus paid your penalty. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
- Realize you must pray and trust Christ to go to Heaven. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, Thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13