How Immunization Can Cost You Your Life – November 27, 2017

Thought’s for Today…

I will never forget that awful terrible day. The day I had to get my immunization shot. It was actually so bad I still have the scar to prove it, but the shot helped us to be immune to polio, smallpox, measles, and a host of other things.

What happens is, you get a little of the virus injected into your system so that your body will build up an immunity to what could otherwise cripple you or kill you. That kind of immunization can save your life. But, on the other hand, immunization can be really dangerous spiritually…even deadly.

Yep, we are talking spiritual immunization – the kind where you get injected with just enough Christianity to immunize you to your personal need for Jesus Christ. Literally, all you know about Jesus can spiritually kill you, if it numbs you and keeps you from acting on what Jesus did on the cross for you.

That’s why we have this warning in Hebrews 4:7, that says, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Let’s say you’ve been around the message of Jesus a lot. You know – you agree – that all of us have a sin problem. We’re in trouble with God; we’re away from God because we have run our own lives instead of God running them. You know, and you agree that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, loved us so much that He gave His life to pay our death penalty. You know, and you agree that people need to put their trust in Jesus to make Him their personal Rescuer from their personal sin and its penalty.

And you have, as the verse says, “heard His voice.” You have felt the tug of Jesus, urging you to give yourself to Him. But even though you know all about belonging to Jesus, you don’t belong to Him. You agree with Him, but you’ve never really reached out to Him in the way that a drowning person grabs the lifeguard who’s come to save them.

And every time you’ve heard about Jesus and you’ve done nothing, you’ve been unknowingly “hardening your heart” a little more. You’ve become almost immune to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when He says, “Hey, this is for you.” You watch others come to Christ, but you never have. When someone asks people to come to Christ, you subconsciously are thinking, “Oh, that’s for somebody else.” Maybe not. Maybe today the call to come to Christ is finally for you.

Hear the words of God again, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.” In John 12, the Bible describes some people who it says “would not believe in Him” (John 12:37). Then it says ultimately “they could not believe” (John 12:39). You never know how close you are to the point of no return. So if you’ve never actually begun your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, why don’t you do it right now? Do it right where you are.

This is the only opportunity you could be sure of. Do not harden your heart. The tug you feel is Jesus knocking on the door of your heart. Tell Him, “Jesus, I don’t want to just agree with You or know about You. I want to know you. I want to belong to you.

Immunity to Jesus can cost you your life – your eternal life in heaven. Before it’s forever too late, please give yourself to this Savior that you’ve known about for so long.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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