James 2:11 The one who said, Don’t commit adultery, also said, Don’t commit murder. So if you don’t commit adultery but do commit murder, you are a lawbreaker.
To God, sin is sin. There is no one law that is greater than the other. The Israelites had to keep all of them. The Law is not just the Ten Commandments. There are over 600 different laws in the Old Testament most of which are in Leviticus.
Although this may seem like an exaggerated example, it is not saying that adultery is a greater sin than murder. This sentence equates the whole law by emphasizing these two commandments.
You may think that you haven’t committed any major sin in God’s eyes but you have to realize that “all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23). If you have sinned then you are guilty of breaking God’s laws. Because you are guilty, you are not strong enough to make it to heaven. You are weak and unable to reach the goal.
But more than that, a guilty person deserves to be punished. You see sin has earned you something-death. “The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
You see, God himself provided a solution in the form of Jesus Christ. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life” (John 3:16) so that “While we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly people.” (Romans 5:6) It is important to note that “Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) By dying in your place, the person that you used to be “was crucified with him in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin. That way we wouldn’t be slaves to sin anymore.” (Romans 6:6)
But what do you do with all of this information? You see, God doesn’t want anyone to be separated from Him. “God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17) Christ died for our sins in line with the scriptures, he was buried, and he rose on the third day in line with the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Your responsibility is to put all of your faith for your salvation from being separated from God in the one person who provided the solution. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “Whoever believes in him isn’t judged” (John 3:18). That means that your case has been thrown out of court already. You are declared not guilty from that moment forward. But there is a flip-side to this. “Whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.” (Romans 3:18) Your hope is the fact that “all who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Eternal life is the gift that God has provided for free. There is nothing you can do to earn it. “You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) The only thing that God requires of you is to accept it. Accept the fact that you are a sinner. Accept the fact that you are alienated from God. Accept the fact that you deserve to die for your sins. Accept the fact that Jesus Christ died in your place. Once you do this, you have to decide to turn your life around. In essence to begin a new life with Jesus as the center. Jesus said, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.” (John 3:5)
The next step is up to you. You have the right to choose between living a Christ centered life relying on Christ’s death, burial and resurrection as your only path to God or continuing about your daily existence believing that you are good enough and that God will take your good deeds into account and let you be with Him forever. My question to you is this. What if you’re wrong? Can you afford to be wrong and miss out on an eternity if the presence of God only to end up in a state of total separation from everything that is God for all of eternity?
The choice is yours.