I was collecting donations from friends in Singapore to help a precious sister in Christ in Myanmar pay her large emergency medical bills. Many who contributed requested a receipt to ensure
– the donation had been sent to the one in need
– the donation was received and accounted for.
When a Christian gives his life to Jesus Christ he gets a receipt, that he belongs to God –
Romans 8 : 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
What do you receive when you surrender yourself to drugs? Nicotine? lust? Being a workaholic? Alcohol? Bad habits? Perhaps cheap thrill. They satisfy temporarily, and need to be continuously replenished.
The Holy Spirit satisfies one’s soul with forgiveness of sins, peace, joy, faith this world cannot give. By God’s grace and mercy, Jesus Christ fulfilled all the requirements for our reconciliation with God. We do not need to work to gain salvation we work to be more like Christ and to shed abroad the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who still have not accepted the goodness of God in their lives.
Why not exchange the temporary for the eternal?
John 4: 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Why not now?
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God