2 Horrendous things:
Two of the most horrific things I can imagine.
These two things are dreadful, they are frightening and they are awful. You cannot find more ghastly things than these two things I will now mention.
# 1: Paying the price for your own sin
The entire justice of God is revealed and met in the mission of Christ Jesus. I was once asked if God would send a homosexual to hell. At the time, I was surprised at the answer that came out of my mouth (read—the Spirit gave me the answer!). “God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose hell because they choose to pay the price for their own sin.”
What, you may ask is the price for your sin?
“The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
“The soul that sins is the soul that dies” (Ezekiel 18:20)
“If you eat the fruit of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
Jesus’ mission was to lay his life down as a sacrifice for my sin, your sins, and the sins of the world. What a tragedy to refuse that sacrifice and spend eternity sacrificing your own life!
Ps 11:7a (NLT)… For the righteous Lord loves justice.
Justice was served by Christ on the cross, and by his resurrection. Please repent and turn from your sin. Please run to—and find safety in the person of Christ Jesus.
1 John 2:2 (NLT) 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
# 2: Missing your destiny and purpose in life
Once saved, converted, born again, surrendered to Christ—-Christ then designs and instills purpose and destiny in life.
You will pursue life in one of two ways:
- “I did it my way.” You are smart, capable, intelligent. You are creative. You are a hard worker. You are ingenious. Or you are none of those things—but you do march to your own drum beat. You are lost in yourself. You are concerned for your ideas, comforts and your say. You rule your life. You fill your life with you. You, your thinking, your ideas are your primary concern. Sure you gave your heart to Christ—you go to church—you are not a flagrant sinner. You may have even done a little bit of Christian ministry—and of course—you tithe and give offerings regularly!
- The other way of pursuing life is consistently, intentionally, and regularly seeking to define and function in your God given destiny and God given purpose. This is sometimes called your sweet spot. It is the ‘what I get up for every morning.’ Jesus lived purposefully and was driven by destiny. Hebrews 12:2 (NLT) “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
So here are the 2 most horrendous things:
- Paying the price—for all eternity—for your sin, when you are encouraged not to.
- Going through life missing your true destiny and purpose.