How much time do you spend doing exactly that? It seems that many people spend far more time on all platforms of social media than they realize. I heard this on the news today and I have a son that has been on Facebook longer than he should’ve been and it just hit home I guess. The story on the news was about how easy it is to find and get illegal drugs on any platform. The right keywords or hashtags that trigger a need or a buy and it won’t take long for someone to contact you.
I know that seeking any knowledge of Jesus is not a high priority for many young people these days since many of them claim that they don’t believe in any religion. Why? Religion has caused so many problems in the past and even today but that shouldn’t keep you from seeking your Savior. Having a relationship with Jesus is not “religion”! He had many arguments with the religious leaders of His day mainly because they thought that their strict adherence to their religion would save their souls.
They were teaching their religion and its rules as the way to heaven and it is not! Belief in Jesus as your Savior is the only way to gain salvation. Then you live your life trying to be more like Him. Without the Holy Spirit’s help we can’t begin to be more like Him but we won’t go back to the life we lived before. We can’t “work” our way into heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments because nobody can keep from breaking even one of them. From God’s perspective, even breaking one commandment makes you guilty of all of them. Because one sin, no matter how insignificant, is enough to condemn you to hell.
That is why Jesus had to come to Earth and live as one of us “yet without sin“, died an atoning death on the cross and then rose from the grave as the victor over death and the grave. It is your belief in Him as your Savior, not a set of rules, that grants you salvation and His righteousness by the grace of God. No extra work or abiding by a set of rules will gain you eternity…only your belief in Jesus as your Savior. Just like the thief on the cross. He believed in Jesus as the Savior, his Savior and Jesus said to him, “today, you will be with Me in paradise“.
That is why my advice to anyone who may be depressed or down or anxious is to seek the One Who can save your soul and give you a joy in Him that no drug can ever match!