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Inspiration for Today’s Motivational: “It’s About Time”
While I hope I would go one step further and actually pay better attention to what he was saying, I personally would enjoy it a lot if I had happen to me the same thing that happened to Twilight Sparkle in this episode; my future self came back in time and warned me about a mistake I was going to make. Like Twilight Sparkle, I think that some of his warnings would involve worrying too much, as that’s one of my major faults and has caused me a great deal of unnecessary stress over the years. However, I think in addition to that he would likely point out a great deal of mistakes I was close to making that he was trying to ward me away from. And that’s something I think we all wish we could get a “message from the future” about.
Everyone has regrets. If they don’t, then my response is they should likely regret not living fully enough to have some regrets. 😛 Some are small things like mistakes that led to injury, or arguments that we wish we never would have had. Others are much worse; such as fights we had with friends or loved ones or temptations that we gave into rather than rejected, thinking they would be harmless at the time. There are events we can likely look back in retrospect in our lives and realize if we had made one decision rather than another, everything would have turned out different. And in those events, some of them we know would have gone better if we had gone with the other option. Missed opportunities in which we devoted all of our time and energy to the wrong thing. It’s at that time that we wish we could have gotten a message from the future (or past or present or whenever) to tell us that we were making a mistake and to get us to chose differently while we still could.
But when it comes to making the right choice for our lives, there is one choice that stands above all and that we have all received a warning for.
All men and women do evil at some point. Everyone has something they’ve done in their lives that was selfish, cruel, hateful, spiteful, or wicked; and unfortunately all of us have likely done such things repeatedly over our lifespans. This is what the Bible terms as “sin”. There is no one who is without blemish or without it. As it says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and in Romans 3:10, “As it is written, ‘None is righteous, no, not one.'” God is a pure, holy, and just god, and therefore he ensures that evil does not go unpunished within his perfect Creation, which includes us and what we do. The punishment for sin is eternal death; banishment from the sight of God and everything good and living to the place called Hell for all time. There is nothing that anyone can give as a ransom for this or in exchange. Romans 6:23 states: “For the wages of sin is death…”. Eternal death is the only equitable exchange for sin that anyone possesses. The idea is the same as if a murderer is put on trial and found guilty. There is nothing the murderer can offer in exchange for their crime, even if they are indeed truly sorry or want to repent for it or have all the money and means in the world available to them. The law of the land still says they require a sentence once guilty, whether that be jail time, life imprisonment, or even the death penalty. The same way with the Law of God. The only way to make it “even” is through death. And nothing that the guilty has can be offered up in place of that sentence.
However, because no human had anything that was of equal value that could be used in exchange, God himself provided something in the form of Jesus Christ, his only Son. Jesus Himself was without sin. He always lived according to God’s Law and never committed evil or wickedness His entire life. As a result, Jesus Himself could be an “equitable sacrifice”. An individual who could take the place of the guilty as “greater value”. And He did that almost 2,000 years ago by being put to death on a cross by crucifixion. As is written in 1 Timothy 2: 5-6, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” In doing so, He took the sin of all mankind onto Himself and paid the price for it. As a result, everyone who believes in Him and accepts His sacrifice and free pardon of sin now has a clean slate with God. They no longer are condemned to Hell and eternal death. But more so than that, because Jesus was perfectly obedient to God the Father, including to the point of death, He was raised from the dead and given dominion over all things; including death itself. Now He not only will reign as Lord forever and ever, but everyone who has trusted in Him will also one day rise and have eternal life with Him in Heaven. As He testified: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32).
In this case, it was Jesus Himself who appeared to us and gave the warning. He came to life in this world as a human just like the rest of us; born to a human mother and living and growing just as we do and subject to all of our same weaknesses and temptations, yet triumphed over them all and never committed sin. And when He came of age, He gave the warning to mankind. As He testified,”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18).
Later, His apostles also testified. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 5:6-11, said the following: “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” The Apostle John also said in 1 John 3:3, “And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”
This message, known as the Gospel or “good news”, constitutes the greatest warning message any individual, and mankind itself, has ever received. And out of all the warnings we may receive in life to do one thing or the other, it is the only one that carries with it eternal consequences. The message has been delivered; now it is up to us whether or not we heed the warning or, like Twilight Sparkle, continue to go about everything the wrong way until it’s too late.
If you would like to accept Jesus’ free offer of forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life, you can do so by praying a prayer similar to the following:
Suggested Prayer: “Lord God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done and the sins that I have committed. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me and I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and life as my personal Lord and Savior. I commit and trust my life and way to you. Please forgive me, and give me the desire to be what you want me to be and the will to do what you want me to do. Thank for the greatest gift anyone could ever receive; that is for coming to earth and dying on the cross in my place to pay the just penalty for all my sins. Thank you for your forgiveness and free pardon, for the gift of eternal life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”
If you just prayed the above prayer and/or would like to learn more, I encourage you to pick up a copy of the Holy Bible and start reading for yourself, and to also contact a reputable Church organization and its members.
Have a happy and blessed new year.