Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) Evangelical Christians need to listen to the criticisms of those who do not like us, and one of these criticisms is that we are arrogant. That is a...
Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! Joel 3:14
This verse has often been used by evangelists to appeal to people to make a decision about Christ. But what Joel is speaking about here is not a decision that we make about God, but the decision God makes about every one of us. That is the decision that really matters.
When God justifies a person, he makes a decision in his or her favor. God’s decision about every person will be revealed on the last day. Imagine living your whole life not knowing what the outcome of the ultimate decision in your life will be!
Justification is God’s decision, made known in advance to all who are in Christ. All you’ve done, all that’s written in God’s book under your name, has been poured out on Jesus. He bore your sin in his body on the tree. Condemnation came and went at Calvary as far as your sins are concerned. When you are in Christ, your eternity is not hanging in the balance. God’s decision about you has already been made!
One day you are going to stand before him with your eternity at stake. What if God were to say to you today: “I’ve decided in your favor. You can be at peace with me. Relax and live a life of service to me with joy because I have already decided the outcome!”
Embracing Christ as Savior is the greatest gift you will ever receive. Serving him as Lord will be the greatest privilege of your life, however costly that may be.
Christ holds this gift of justification in his hand, and he is ready to say to you today: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
Have you embraced the gift of Christ as your Savior? If so, take heart that God’s decision about you has already been made.