I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today we will be discussing the topic Living for God as part of the series on “Catechism”, but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Big Daddy Weave
Song Title: What Life Would Be Like
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Hello and welcome to today’s edition of BotROCK. Hope you are having a splendid week? If not, just remember God loves you and wants you to be happy continuously no matter what happens. So don’t be discouraged, have a thankful attitude and the rest of the week will turn out far better for you. A thankful attitude opens the gate for God’s continuous blessing to come into your life, so be thankful always and you will be happy in this life.
We are continuing on our Catholic Catechism series. Presenting this series has been such a blessing to me as it has helped me develop the right perspective in my relationship with Jesus. I hope it has been so for you too. Over the past 3 weeks we have been discussing the second catechism question, why did God make you? We have discussed knowing, loving and serving God in this world. If you haven’t downloaded them yet go to our website www.thecornerstoneministries.org to get them. You can also subscribe on the website to receive the weekly BotROCK Podcast for FREE.
Today we are discussing being happy with God in eternity or as the catechism recital puts it “Be happy with Him forever in the next.” In the 80’s and 90’s we had lots of teachings on heaven and hell, I remember a movie I watched back then called Burning Hell. I also remember lots of stories of people that claimed to have died and went to heaven and hell and ironically, similar stories of heaven and hell experiences where trending in the recent past. Although most of these experiences often portray an unscriptural and wrong perspective of Heaven, hell and God’s judgment, the fact still remains that there is a heaven and a hell that awaits us in the next life. But the good news is that God made you to be happy with Him in the next life. Is that not just amazing?
When God created man, His intent was to have a happy relationship with man. In Genesis we see God usually coming down to hang out with man in the cool of the day. That was the picture God had when He created man. But man sinned and lost that privilege. He was separated from God and subjected to the devil. This is the reason for all the sadness due to hardship, sickness and pain that exists in the earth. However in God’s love for man, He sent His only son Jesus who died for the sin of the world to redeem or purchase man back to God, back to that loving and happy relationship man had with God in the beginning. Now if anyone believes in Jesus and makes Him the Lord of His life, the person will be restored back to God. The person becomes a Christian.
However because the devil is still in this world there is a limit to the happiness you can experience on this earth. The Bible says that when we get to heaven God will wipe the tears of our eyes and comfort us. This does not mean that as Christians we are not meant to be happy in this life. On the contrary, the happiest people on this earth are people who have accepted Jesus and are having an intimate relationship with Him. In fact, Scripture commands us to be joyful always! Joy is a hallmark of experiencing the kingdom of God alongside with Righteousness & Peace in the Holy Ghost. But God has promised that at the end of this life we can be happier together with Him no matter how happy you are in this life.
God has made provisions in the next life for every single person that has walked and will ever walk on the earth. Jesus said that God so loved the world that He gave His only son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him will have eternal life. Everyone has been provided for by God to be happy with Him in the next life but unfortunately not everyone will. This is one fact that breaks God’s heart. That is why God does everything to reach people. He wants ALL men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. That is His desire!
Another Sad thing is that: it is not everybody that calls Jesus Lord that will enter into life eternal but the people that do the will of the father. In present day terms, it is not everybody that claims to be a Christian that will be happy with God forever in the next life even though God has made provisions for all men. This is another sad fact that breaks the heart of God.
In my Christian walk so far, I have realized that it is quite easy to “make heaven” as the popular phrase goes.
- First as a true Christian, you are a child of God and a citizen of heaven already.
- Secondly you are a born again new creature with the life and nature of God.
- And thirdly God has put a perfect structure on the earth (that is, the Church) to help anyone to “make heaven”.
Based on this there is really nothing to fear concerning the next life. All you need is to understand the provisions God has made and live the God lifestyle while here on earth. However I must say here that merely going to Church every Sunday and calling yourself a Christian does not guarantee you will be happy with God in the next life. It is having a functional relationship with Jesus who empowers you to live the lifestyle of God that guarantees that.
Besides, if you come to terms with the fact that this life is very temporal while the next life is everlasting, you will agree that the next life should be taken more seriously than this present life.
Let me share with you on 3 simply things that will guarantee your happiness with God in the next life.
FIRST you need to genuinely and whole heartedly make Jesus the Lord of your life. This will make you a born again child of God with the very nature and essence of God in you. By this act your natural tendencies and inclinations will change which will make it easier to live the lifestyle of God in this world. I remember when I gave my life to Jesus in 2002, my desires to smoke and drink died instantly and I had a burning desire to read the Bible and please God. This is because of the nature of God I receive when I accepted Christ.
SECONDLY you need to make it your aim and life ambition to please God. This will lead you to start studying the Bible for yourself to find out the will of God and doing it with all your heart. It will also inspire you to join a Bible teaching and believing Church that will expose you to the undiluted word of God and encourage you to grow in God.
THIRDLY you have to make up your mind to give up selfishness and live for God alone. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says that Christ died for all that those who live i.e. the Christians should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again. This is basically living your life in a way that is completely submitted to the will of God. It is living the God lifestyle which is the life style of Agape, the God kind of Love. Without this you will not experience God in the next life.
If you live your life with these 3 things in place you will surely have a great expectancy and you will be eager for when the next life will start for you, while you enjoy every day on earth.
Remember God made you to be happy with Him. It is your privilege in God to live with Him happily in this present life and in the next, and God is willing and able to help you to “make heaven” if you corporate with Him.
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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