God’s Trophy Room

God considers each of us as his ultimate trophies and wants us to be in his trophy room (heaven) for eternity!  Here’s how you can be with him in heaven after you die:

1. Admit you need God to save you from an eternity in hell.

Romans 3:23 New Living Translation (NLT) says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”

Romans 6:23 NLT says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

There is just one thing that separates us from God.  That one thing is sin.  Any sin separates us from God.  We are all sinful and have rebelled from God’s standard.  The death that Romans 6:23 speaks of is spiritual separation from God for eternity.  A wage is something that we earn or deserve.  We have all earned an eternal separation from God in hell.

2. Believe Jesus is God’s son and that he died to save you.

John 3:16-18 NLT says, “‘For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.  There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him.  But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.’

John 11:25-26a NLT says, “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.

Romans 5:8 NLT says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

God loves each and every one of us!  Though we deserve to spend eternity in hell, God loves us so much that he made it possible for us to have eternal life with him in heaven.  He sent his one and only son Jesus into the world to receive the punishment for our sins by dying a cruel death on a cross.  Jesus rose from the dead and paved the way for us to have a personal relationship with God through him.  Jesus’ voluntary sacrificial death enabled God to forgive our sins, if we ask him to.  Through Jesus, we can know and experience God’s love.

3.  In prayer (talking to God), confess your sins to Jesus and ask him for forgiveness, repent (turn from your sin), and surrender your life to him.

John 1:12-13 NLT says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.  They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Romans 10:9-10 NLT says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

Romans 10:13 NLT says, “For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Acts 3:19 NLT says, “Now turn from your sins and turn to God, so you can be cleansed of your sins.”

1 John 1:9 NLT says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

We can’t go to heaven by doing good deeds.  It’s God’s grace (giving us something that we do not deserve) that allows us to come to him – not our efforts to clean up our lives or work our way into heaven.  We can’t earn it.  It’s a free gift.  Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Our response is to individually accept Jesus’ gift of salvation (spending eternity in heaven with him instead of in hell).  Receiving Christ involves asking him to forgive us of our sins (confession), turning control of our lives to him (surrender), and trusting him to come into our lives to make us what he wants us to be.  This must be through an act of the will.  We can belong to him from now on if we ask him to save us with all our hearts through prayer.  Prayer is simply talking to Jesus and God.  Our salvation prayer should be personal (from our own hearts).  However, if you have never prayed before here is an example:

Dear God, I realize that I am a sinner.  I believe that your son died to pay the penalty for my sins.  Jesus, I ask you to forgive my sins.  I accept your free gift of eternal life.  I ask you to come into my life as my personal Savior and Lord.  Thank you for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

If you prayed this prayer or one like it Jesus came into your life, as he promised.  If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, please let us know at randywrowley@gmail.com.  We want to rejoice with you!  We’re also here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are.

Now that you are one of God’s trophies, we encourage you to do the following:

  • Follow Jesus’ example and be baptized
  • Connect with a local body of Christians that teaches the Bible
  • Read the Bible frequently and memorize key passages
  • Talk to God frequently through prayer
  • Tell the good news to others of salvation through Jesus and what he did for you
  • Get involved in giving and serving others through ministries inside and outside your local body of Christians

Today’s Devotionals and Blogs

Kent Crockett’s blog – www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com

Mark Dillow’s blog – http://noclearline.blogspot.com/

Bible Verse of the Day

Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart.