First, God is God. God is real. He is magnificent and good. God is wise and is more important than everybody and everything else in the universe. God is God. You’re not and I’m not. God is God, worthy to be worshiped and obeyed.

Second, you are created in God’s image and designed to find fulfillment in relationship to God. You are not an accident of random evolution. You are specially created to reflect God. You are not junk. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Believe that you are God’s creation and seek harmony with the Creator and everyone else he has made.

Third, you have sinned against God and need a Saviour. You must repent of your sins and trust that Jesus died to pay for your sins. That is the only way to be forgiven and receive eternal life. It’s not fashionable to say that Jesus is the only way. It’s not popular to talk about hell. But hell is real and unending anguish awaits all who die without Jesus. Paul once said, as part of his farewell to some people, “I am innocent of the blood of all men . . . for I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” If you go to hell, it won’t be my fault for not warning you or for not calling you to Jesus. I am innocent of your blood.

Fourth, God claims every part of life. Not just on Sunday, not just a small corner of your heart, but all of you. Jesus gave his all for you, so give your all to him; your love, abilities, career, family, friendships, and hobbies. In everything you do, aim to please God and serve others. As God claims you, he claims the whole world and everything in it. Be his witness, his agent for reclaiming and renewing his world. Do this in fellowship and partnership with God’s special community, the church. Church is not an option; it’s a necessity for being part of God’s mission in the world.

Fifth, keep your eyes on the prize. Seek to know Jesus in fellowship with his suffering and in the power of his resurrection, and pray to be filled with his Spirit. This is the start and the foretaste of eternal life. I urge you to keep treasuring God’s promises and keep meditating on eternal life in Christ.

Six, one last reminder: truth is truth. It’s popular today to talk about being “spiritual” without believing anything in particular. But God has spoken truth in the Bible. Keep reading the Bible and keep praying for wisdom. Hold to the truth. Don’t be led astray by lies. Jesus warned against wolves in sheep’s clothing and Paul also warned that wolves from within the church itself would deny God’s truth and damage God’s flock. Beware of wolves. Stay close to the good shepherd, the Lord Jesus. Be strong in the Lord and resist the devil.

– Geoffrey Thomas

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