January - 19 - Thursday

Enter by the narrow gate. … Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
Matthew 7:13,14; 1 John 5:13

The way to life

I once read the following sentence in an obituary notice: “He has left us and taken his worries and secrets with him.” What details might lie behind these words? Involuntarily we wonder what that person actually took with him into eternity? But another more urgent question should ensue: what will I take with me into eternity?

Shall I take the multitude of sins that I have piled up during my life? If I haven’t acknowledged them and confessed them before God so far, then my guilt has not yet been obliterated through God’s grace. Those sins are all written down in God’s record of my guilt. Whoever dies without obtaining the forgiveness of his sins will be excluded for ever from God’s presence. It is impossible to enter heaven with a load of sins. “There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21: 17).

For this reason the Bible tells us urgently to take refuge in Jesus. If we frankly confess all the guilt of our life to Him and trust Him, we can lead our life without any fear of death. We have the assurance that Christ died for our sins and will one day receive us in His glory (cf John 14:3).

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