Dear friends in our Savior Jesus,
"What's in it for me?" We live in a such a busy and crazy society and have so many choices before us that before we make a decision about anything, we need to know the benefits. "How is this going to benefit me?"
This is the same question many people ask as they consider a church to join or even whether or not they need God in their lives. "What need do I have to follow Jesus?" Perhaps you have even asked that same question.
As we look at our lives, the biggest problem that confronts us is sin. And sin brings death. God tells us in Romans, "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) and in Ezekiel, "The soul that sins is the soul that will die." (Ezekiel 18:4) All have sinned. Therefore all will die. And God's judgement means more than just physical death. The soul that sins will die eternally. Hell is a real place of separation from God where those who have no payment for their sins will go after this life.
This is the joy we have in Jesus. In Jesus, there is payment for our sins. St. Paul records the joy we have in Jesus in 2 Corinthians, that "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor. 5:21) Hebrews tells us that Jesus "appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself... Christ was sacrificed to take away the sins of many people." (Hebrews 9:26-28)
What need do you have for Jesus? In him is spiritual life. In him is eternal life. Heaven also is a real place that is waiting for all who trust and believe in Jesus. Until then, you can know and trust that your God is watching over you and will provide all that you need physically and spiritually. What need to you have for Jesus? Friends, I pray that you see in Jesus your Lord and Savior. And I pray that he leads you to trust and believe in him not only for this life, but for the one to come.
We are glad to share with you the love of Jesus our Savior. I invite you to seek further the benefits that Jesus has waiting for you. I invite you to join us as we gather before our Savior in worship and praise. "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever." (Philippians 4:19)
In Christ's service,
Pastor Charlie Vannieuwenhoven