We can do nothing without Christ. Oh, we can go to work and make breakfast and all the other things which our world regards as living our life but without Christ nothing that we do really matters. If we do it under our own power and our own merit, it will not last. The Bible says that man’s ways are as filthy rags and that at the end of the age anything that is not done for Christ and His Kingdom will be tested by fire. If it is found to be worthy, it will go through the fire and show its worth, but if it was something done in our own power to be seen of men and without His strength behind it, it will burn up like the dried grass in a field.
We have to listen to the Word of God because if we don’t, our life and the consequences of it will mean nothing. The wisdom contained in the Bible is the only wisdom that we need in this life. All of the self help books out there are good but when you compare their “so-called wisdom” to that found in the Word, it seems that their wisdom is not new or different at all. They may have worded it differently or made it more politically correct for today’s audience but the true wisdom found in God’s Word always shines through, even when someone dresses it up to look like it didn’t come from God.
In 1 Corinthians we read: “If any man be in Christ [Jesus], he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now if your religion hasn’t changed your life, you’d better change your religion, this is just the cold hard truth. Religion has caused more pain and heartache in this world than most anything else. It has been the cause behind many wars and atrocities that mankind has done and I admit that, but it was due to the warped nature of man. People have done many things, terrible things in the name of religion and from a sense of being superior because of their religion. Only Christ and the truth in God’s Word can change a person to the point of being a new person. Religion cannot because you can be religious about going to work or to the bar down the street. Being religious doesn’t help anyone, unless you are being religious about reading God’s Word and abiding in Him.
That is the only thing that we can do which will matter in this world and have lasting effects in the next world which we will live in if we belong to Him. God loves you all and wants all to come to Him. Hell was not created for mankind, it was created for Satan and his demons but men will be cast into it if they don’t choose to follow Jesus. It is your choice whether you go to hell or not, God doesn’t send you there. You do by your own choice to follow Jesus or not. Don’t fall in with the one’s who choose not to follow Him.