Every morning, our church’s Facebook page posts a verse as a way to encourage, to challenge, and to support its followers. More people than just those who attend our church have liked it, and often those who “like” the verse do not attend our church.
Today’s verse is foundational to my belief as a Christian.
Romans 3:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I learned this verse “way back” in 1985 when I participated in a scripture memory program at Grace Baptist Church in Grand Forks, ND, called AWANA.
What do I remember most about the program?
What I remember most is the women who committed to teach me the Scriptures each week. They cared about my future spiritually and about my present emotional self. They did “check ins” with each of us each week, and they deeply impacted our lives for the better. Many of us who were in that program in 5th grade have continued to pursue the Lord, and some of that thanks must go back to them.
What has stayed with me since that program?
That year in AWANA laid the foundation for me to step into a lifetime of faith in Christ. I acknowledged that I was sinful, and I recognized that the cost of my sin would be my eternal death – separation from a loving God. I believe this, and I need to share it today. Like a well-spring of words, my fingers must type it.
I hold to the promise of the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ – His death on the cross to pay for humanity’s sins and His conquering of death for us all by raising again on what we now celebrate Easter as remembrance.
The gift of God needs to be shared.
Jesus was quite clear with His disciples after His resurrection that the truth about who He was and what He had come to do should be shared with all they (we) come into contact.
Matthew 28: 19-20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The gift of God is eternal life, and we must share it. Jesus said so.