“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
When I was not following after the Lord, I had this mentality, “truth is relative” & “if I am not hurting anyone, then what I am doing isn’t wrong”. Of COURSE I was wrong! Sin is sin ~ period. If I sin, than I am a sinner.
It’s shocking, I know to think of ME as a SINNER! No way! But wait, don’t we all think that at some point or another? At some point, don’t we all think of ourselves as “good” people? It’s the “I-have-never-done-anything-REALLY-bad-so-I-must-be-good” trap. All the good in the world isn’t going to get you to heaven. Period.
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3 ~ What is in my life that I am putting before God? Is it money? New cars? Clothes? Fame? Drugs? Alcohol? ANYTHING???? If I have ever told God to “back off” because I had other plans, than I have sinned.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” Exodus 20:4-5 ~ Do I have anything in my house I would consider bowing down before? A little statue of some god (small ‘g’)? Do I worship my car (because it is so awesome!!)? Do I worship my amazing hair?? (lol! If you know me well, you will find this amusing!) Anyway, if I worship ANYTHING besides God, I have sinned.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7 ~ Have I ever cussed someone out? Said Jesus’ name or God’s name in a way that was anything other than reverence? Than I have sinned.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11 ~ God wants me to have a day of rest each week. He wants us to work our land for 6 years and then let it rest for 1 year. Have I ever worked on a Sunday? Than I have sinned.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 ~ This command has a promise! Think about that “…that your days may be long upon the land…” Have I honored my father and mother? Always? Have I ever done anything that I knew would disappoint them? Have I ever fought with them? Have I ever rebelled? Than I have sinned.
“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13 ~ I know what you are thinking here… “Hey, I have NEVER murdered ANYONE!”. But wait, God’s Word also says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:21-22″ ~ You see, murder begins in the heart. If I have ever felt “hatred” toward another, than I am just as guilty as if I had murdered that person. I have sinned.
“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14 ~ Another verse where you may be thinking, “I have NEVER done this. I have been a faithful spouse!”. Maybe, but God’s word also says, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28 ~ This is not just for men. Ladies, have you ever lusted after a man who is not your husband? Have I? Than I have sinned.
“You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15 ~ I have never stolen a car. Never robbed a bank. Haven’t taken jewelry from someone else….. BUT, if I have ever taken a pen, paperclip, eraser, etc. home from work. I have sinned. If I, as a child, took a cookie without asking (knowing my mom would say “no”), I have sinned.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16 ~ Have I ever lied about someone else? For ANY reason whatsoever? Than I have sinned.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17 ~ Allow me to paraphrase a little. Don’t be envious because your neighbor just got that new Mercedes that you wanted. Don’t be envious because your friend is getting married and you don’t even have a boyfriend. If I have done these things, if I have been envious at all, than I have sinned.
Where am I going with this, you might ask? I don’t want to see my friends go to hell!! If you have ever sinned, you will go to hell! UNLESS, you admit you are a sinner (I know I am!), ask God to forgive you, and ask Jesus into your heart. I am a SINNER. You are a SINNER. Everyone on this earth is a SINNER. The only sinless person on this earth was Jesus Christ. He came to this earth, as a man, to die on the cross and save us from our sins. He literally took on the sins of the entire world (even future sins) so that we might be able to receive the gift of eternal life through Him. The gift is free. You just need to ask Him into your heart. What do you have to lose? You will lose an eternity of burning in hell and never being consumed. You will gain an eternity of life in heaven with Jesus Christ.
I pray that you will make this decision today. Only God knows how many breaths you will take in this lifetime. What if that last breath is coming up soon? Why take a chance on “I’ll do it later, toward the end of my life”? We have ALL known people who have died young. Did they make a decision to follow Christ before they died? I certainly hope so. I hope you will.
May God bless you in this day and everyday.