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In a few words, I will present you with the truth that can change the course of your life. This may sound exaggerated, but someday—believe it or not—you will see that it’s a reality.
Many years ago, a lady approached me and kindly started talking to me. At one point, she told me there was only one way to be happy. Honestly, it did not catch my attention, because my life—in my eyes—was “happy.” Obviously, there were the daily difficulties of life, but without a tragedy. To be honest, while the lady spoke, all I thought about were the things I had to do when I got to my job, so I just nodded my head. I never saw that kind lady again.
Two months later, I faced the death of a very close friend. Those were difficult times, because she was only 28 years old. At her funeral, at some point someone got up and started to speak, and all paid close attention. Again, I heard about one way, the only way to God. I just politely listened, and at the end of the brief talk my mind went to something else.
That night, I felt agitated and could not sleep. I attribute it to the shock of having lost, unexpectedly, a great friend. As late as three in the morning, I started to think about what would happen after death. Would there be a heaven? Or hell? Would everything I had heard lately be proven true? The next day, I contacted Steve, who had spoken at the funeral; that afternoon, my wife and I invited him to our house. Now my mind was attentive to the words of this man. We presented him with all our doubts and concerns.
One of the first things he said was that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I saw myself as a good person. I had a beautiful family, a stable job, and tried to lead as honest a life as possible. When I heard that I was doomed because of my sin, my thought was: “If I live an honest life...how can I be convicted of sin?” At that moment, Steve opened his Bible and read: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin… in this way death came to all people, because all sinned…For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 5:12; 6:23).
God created all things. And despite the fact that human beings—including you and me—have rejected Him, either with words or actions, He gives you a new opportunity to believe and accept Him.
My wife and I understood that we were sinners and needed to be reconciled with God. When Jesus voluntarily died on the cross, He took upon Himself the sin of all people, including yours and mine. On one occasion, Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, except through me” (John 14:6). My wife and I recognized this path and decided to take it. We put our faith in Him. That day we prayed together, asking God to forgive our sins and to live in us through the Holy Spirit.
The Bible also says that “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18). The path that rejects God not only leads to unhappiness, but also the destination is eternal suffering.
The question is: what decision will you make? Jesus said: “…whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37). Don't forget: your decision has eternal consequences!