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What do y’all think about laying out the Gospel message like this?
1st – God shows his love for us by creating us in His image and likeness.
But we disobeyed Him and fell from grace. We were separated from God and destined for hell.
But God loves us too much to leave us like that. So, what did He do?
God, the Father, sent His only Son, Jesus, to become man and atone for our sins by dying on the cross. This act of love by Jesus was so pleasing to the Father that it made up for all the sins that man would ever commit.
And because of this amazing act of love, we, too, are able to become sons and daughters of God… All we have to do is put our faith and trust in Jesus, repent of our sins, get baptized and follow Him.
If we do this we’ll be infused with God’s supernatural life, and the Holy Spirit will dwell within us.
Becoming one with God and being infused with His life is what saves us from sin and hell.
But we’re not just saved from something, but we’re also saved for something.
God wants us to be partakers of his nature and share in His divine life of love for all eternity.
Now, before we say ‘yes’, we have to know what we’re getting ourselves into.
Jesus says that we have to count the cost. So, what does it cost?
Everything. He wants you totally. Like a groom wants his bride.
That means putting God above everyone and everything else.
It means turning away from our old way of living and embracing a selfless and virtuous lifestyle.
It means loving the people we encounter as Jesus loved us.
That means forgiving everyone and taking care of the less fortunate and inviting others to come to know and follow Jesus too.
If you think that’s too hard and that it’s not for you, well, you’re half right.
It is too hard, but it definitely is for you. God created you to love like Jesus. It’s your destiny. Nothing else will bring you lasting peace.
The problem is that we were born with a wounded nature that we inherited from our first parents. So we find ourselves drawn toward these selfish and destructive ways.
But Jesus can give us eternal life… and He wants nothing more than to do just that.
He does it by giving us His own body, blood, soul, and divinity.
Do you know when and where we’re able to receive Jesus? During Holy Communion at every Mass. The priests in the Catholic Church have a power that was handed onto them from the original 12 apostles. With that power of the Holy Spirit, they have the ability to turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus. That’s how Jesus is able to abide in us, and us in Him. You can only get this at Mass. That’s why it’s so important that we go on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
If we accept God’s proposal to be one with Him, we’re probably not going to be able to break all of our bad habits right away. It takes time, prayer, and the power of God to heal us from those vices. Do you know where we receive that healing power? In the sacrament of confession. The confessional is not just a place to go to be forgiven. It’s also a place of healing. It’s an encounter with the Risen Lord. We receive power in that encounter. Jesus rubs off on us.
Without Him, we can do nothing (Philippians 4:13). It’s a glorious proposal!
I hope you say yes though because the consequences of saying no are not good. It would mean being separated from the God who loves you forever. That’s the worst thing possible.
Your loved ones need not give an answer right away. Encourage them to pray and think about it. Let them know that it’s never too late to say ‘yes’ to the proposal… even after years of ‘no’… even on their deathbed.
But the sooner the better.
After explaining this, they have to make the decision for themselves.
God has no grandchildren.
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