Life – the Story
This is a short version of Life – the Story, told in a simplified form which can be used to instruct even small children.
At a point in time, determined by God, a soul is given to each human being. I believe that parents have a responsibility for that soul until such time as the child reaches the age of accountability. That age differs from person to person. At some point in time, each individual must take personal responsibility for his or her own soul. This is a grave responsibility because the soul has only two possible destinations; one – to be with Jesus or the other to be with Satan, when the body wears out or is otherwise destroyed. Please recognize that the body is merely a vehicle used to transport the soul from place to place. The body is designed to wear out at some time, whereas the soul is eternal. If a person fails to take good care of the body, that person dooms the soul to an early exit from the earth.
Let it be noted that each soul is given a mission by the Holy Spirit and also gives talents (or gifts) by which to accomplish its mission. If the individual fails to develop the talents or gifts provided to it, the soul’s mission cannot be accomplished. So, you see, each person has a tremendous responsibility. This is a point I fear that many people fail to understand about life.
Why are we put here in the first place? Why, of course, to please and to fellowship with God. He does not need anything from us. He created us for His own good pleasure. If we do not commune with Him, we are the losers for not having done so. We must realize that we are not here for our own pleasure. We are here on a mission.
Now, if a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in that person’s heart. It is called Salvation – then the soul goes to be with Jesus when the body ceases to function (dies). If a person does not accept Christ as Lord and Savior, the soul is condemned to eternal separation from God. What a terrible thing to contemplate. What an awesome responsibility we have.
Remember that no one can make the decision for you. The decision to accept or reject Christ will be made. Some say they never have made a decision but failing to make a positive decision is a decision to reject Him. One cannot have it both ways.
Remember also that no one can earn his or her way to heaven. Salvation is a gift (called Grace) from God, bought by the shed blood of Jesus on Calvary’s cross. The Bible is very explicit in stating Christ’s words, “No one comes to the Father but through Me.” He is The Way, The Truth and The Light.
The above explanation, “THE STORY OF LIFE,” was provided by Mr. William G. Bagby on June 19, 2015, in the Cardiology Department Waiting Room at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL. I assume that he is the Author. The printed hand-out is a part of his ministry.