One of the greatest gifts that God gave mankind was giving his son to die, so that everyone would have a chance to live. This act shows us how much God loves mankind. It shows us qualities about him such as forgiveness, patience, mercy, justice, and greatest of all love.
In order to take advantage of that gift we need to show that we appreciate it with our actions. We need to constantly ask ourselves "Does the way I live seem to be in accordance with Gods laws"? This will keep us from forming bad habits and keep us on the road to salvation.
How can we know God's laws if we don't read the bible diligently? Seeking God's forgiveness without knowing his commandments is like trying to get somewhere with a map that you don't know how to use. With frequent bible reading we get a sense of what God requires of us.
By reading God's inspired word in the scriptures you see that there is more to pleasing God than just showing up for Church/service on Sundays. At James 2:24&26 Jesus say's this:
24 "You see that a man is to be declared righteous by works and not by faith alone." 26 "Indeed, just as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead."
The bible also tells us that we need to follow all the things Jesus taught us as best as possible. Not everyone blending into the flock crying "Lord, Lord" will be saved. Matthew 7:21&26:
“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will." 26 "Furthermore, everyone hearing these sayings of mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand."
Jesus gave us a very powerful illustration of how we will recognize true worship of God. Matthew 7:16-17&20
"By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? 17 Likewise, every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit." 20 "Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men"
So we are able to draw from this that we need to be displaying certain actions in order to be considered fit for salvation. What does the bible tell us we need to be doing?
When the pharisees tested Jesus they asked "Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law". Matthew 22:37 Jesus said:
“You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind."
After he answered them they asked what the second greatest commandment was. Jesus told them that it was to "Love your neighbor as yourself". The reason behind Jesus's words is in verse 40 of that chapter:
"On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.”
Then Love is what should be the motive behind all our actions. Like God our love for others should motivate us to forgive, be patient, and strive to show compassion for others helping those in need.
Our love and compassion helps us to accomplish a very important work. Preaching God's word to all the nations. We where given a commandment from Jesus to do this. Matthew 28:19-20:
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you."
Why do we minister, teach and baptize? John 17:3 answers this nicely:
"This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ."
Not only does knowledge mean everlasting life, it also means you have helped save that person from death! The ministry work should be our first and foremost concern as Christians. Jesus gave us a warning about seeking valuable things in this world. Matthew 6:24:
“No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches."
Another way to look at this is to ask yourself "how much time am I spending on godly pursuits vs. worldly gains?". Do we work to pay the bills and provide for our family or do we work to get nice things or that is "Treasures in this world"?
Part of being a Christian is sharing in preaching work Jesus left for us to finish.
A topic I will touch just a little more on is forgiveness. If we do not display this quality of God why then would he give it to us? Matthew 6:14-15:
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; whereas if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
There are other things that we need to be doing as Christians. Pray to God regularly and properly, give to God your material things, observe the lords evening meal, displaying the fruit of the holy spirit, and having faith in both God and Jesus's sacrifice.
If we keep seeking God and put faith in him then our chances of obtaining his protection and salvation are very good. John 3:36:
"The one who exercises faith in the Son has everlasting life; the one who disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him."
I exhort all of you to keep on loving, learning, ministering, and exercising faith in order to stay awake spiritually. May God bless your efforts.