Several years ago I wrote a story in the form of a fairy tale. I actually used the genre to write an allegory of our relationship with God. When I had finished the first draft, I let an acquaintance read it. She was someone I really admired and I valued her opinion.
While she complimented my efforts, she challenged me on my main character’s reliance on someone other than herself to rescue her from her circumstances. I did not take her advice to change my character. Maybe because we live in the United States or maybe it is just the mindset of today’s culture, we think we can accomplish anything with a little grit and determination. However, when it comes to eternity, we can’t. We are all reliant on someone else’s actions.
The Bible makes it clear that we are helpless to save ourselves. We have all fallen short of the mark. There is nothing we can do to fix that. Thankfully we aren’t left on our own. Jesus Christ gave himself as a sacrifice to cover our shortcomings. Because he was perfect, his sacrifice was accepted as enough.
This is why Friday is good. Because Jesus came and died for us, we are no longer condemned to pay for our sins. Because he rose to life on the third day, we have the assurance of living forever in heaven. He told the thief on the cross, that “today you will be with me in paradise.” That is where we are heading when our lives on earth come to an end. That is if we accept his free gift of grace.
See, the only thing we can do to be saved is to accept his gift. It is free. It is for anyone. You don’t have to be good enough. You don’t have to be rich or poor. You just have to be willing.
So my story didn’t change, because God’s story didn’t change. As a way to celebrate Easter, I am giving my story away for a short time. Like salvation, it is free…and time limited, too. My offer stands for 4 days. God’s offer stands until your last breath. I would encourage you to not wait until then, since you never know what day that will be.
I pray that you will use this time to investigate where you stand in regards to your relationship with God. I pray that you allow him to be Lord of your life. I pray that whether I meet you here on earth or not, that we meet in heaven. Until then, I hope you enjoy my story. You can get it free here. (The book is available Friday through Monday.)