|Are You HIGH Enough?
Neighbors watched as Richard built his home on a hill. Unlike the other homeowers, Richard piled the dirt high. He invested time, sweat, and lots of money to make his home safe from the river.
In the spring, the river began to rise alarmingly. All of Richard's neighbors began to flee. Anxiously they packed their belongings. They loaded up their vehicles and moved to a safer location.
Richard, however, stayed behind. He was on high ground and safe....he thought.
The river continued to rise. The murky waters surged through Richard's community and buried everything in its path. On the third day of the flood, it reached Richard's home and by the next afternoon, his home and all the contents were destroyed.
As his home went under, Richard, sitting in a rescue boat, looked on in disbelief, "It was on a hill," he told a rescuer. "I guess it wasn't high enough."
Many people are like Richard when it comes to their relationship with God. Some believe they are safe from the judgment of God because they have done their best. Like Richard building a hill for his home, they spend time and effort building a reputation of good deeds.
In time they feel they are good enough and out of danger. Their neighbors would probably agree: "I'm sure she'll go to heaven, she is such a good person."
The Bible has some shocking things to say about our good deeds. In Isaiah 64:6 they are called "filthy rags" because even our best deeds fall so short of God's standards. Who can meet such high standards? In Romans 3:23, the Bible says that no one can, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Instead of relying on your good behavior, why not accept the only means that will guarantee safety and help you reach God? The Bible says in John 14:6 the JESUS is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to God except through Him.
God provided a way of salvation for us because He loves us and wants us to be right with Him. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8,9 that it is by grace that we are saved, through faith, not by our works. This grace is a gift from God.
To accept Christ, and to get the safety you need, you must:
First, acknowledge your sins and ask God to forgive you. Admit that you've fallen short and that you are not high enough to reach Him on your own.
Second, accept and believe that Christ died for you and rose again to make you right with God.
Third, invite Christ into your life and let Him have His way with you. Find a Christ-centerered chruch where you can learn with others about the new life in Christ.
Do this now and you will be high enough!
Story by Roscoe Barnes III
"Thank you, God, for loving me, and for sending your Son to die for my sins. I sincerely repent of my sins, and receive Jesus as my savior. Now, as your child, I turn my entire life over to you. Amen."
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