Two Good Reasons – Part 2
Scripture Reading: John 3:16-21
Key Verse: John 3:18
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Yesterday we studied the first good reason to be a fisherman of people. Today we must look at the second reason, which is not as pleasant as our first reason. The consequences for those who don’t come to Christ are horrible and eternal. In John 3:16 we see the word “perish,” describing the results for those who do not accept Jesus. In our Key Verse for today, we are reminded that those who do not believe stand condemned.
It is this eternal consequence that must drive us to “fishing”! First, we need to make sure that we truly understand and believe that eternal condemnation is coming to all who do not receive the gift of God. As our scripture reminds us, Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world. He came to save it! However, after all God did to save us, if we reject His offer, we condemn ourselves! Going back to yesterday’s illustration of the starving person—if we tell them where the free food is and they decide not to follow us to it, they doom themselves to remaining hungry.
We must do all we can think of doing to explain this wonderful gift God has provided through His Son Jesus. If people reject it, that will be on them—not us. Let’s go fishing for people today!
Father, I know the serious consequences of going into eternity without your free gift. Help me share your love with everyone I meet today. In Jesus’ name, amen.