The Key to Life
Dear reader, thank you for making time to read this pamphlet.
Keys are important in all human cultures. Humans have confidence in keys to lock and unlock doors, and gates, animate cars and so forth. As humans have confidence in keys, so do we have confidence in things like our money, strength, intelligence, and charisma to unlock the meaning of life.
However, when it comes to human life, the key to reveal its real beauty is disregarded. Life as a concept is difficult to explain and theories of science have not adequately unraveled its origin. But the reality is that life has a beginning (conception) and an end (death). If anybody asks the question “what is life all about?” perhaps one’s first answer may be to seek a good education and training, a good career, to enjoy good health, to seek happiness and joy, or to go on vacations among others. These responses are partly correct, but life has a greater purpose than any of these things that can only be unlocked with the master key. The master key to life enables us to understand the full meaning of life and its enjoyment. This master key is the word of God through which we can enter into a relationship with God and discover our life-giving purpose.
Not only does the Bible help give our lives purpose, but it helps us overcome the problem at the very core of who we are: sin. Sin has caused the collapse of friendships, families, businesses, governments, and nations since our beginning. Sin results in conflict with God and other people. Sin is a fundamental and universal human problem. The Bible acknowledges this in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. To put it another way, we have a broken relationship with God, so we are not benefiting from God’s perfect plan for our lives. There are many check lists of what constitutes sin in the Bible. Galatians 5 lists self-centered sex, adultery, drunkenness, idolatry, anger, envy, jealousy, witchcraft and others. Romans 1 also lists murder, homosexual relations, gambling, deceit, lying, strife, greed among others as sins. Generally, any disobedience to the word of God is sin.
The good news is God does not abandon us to be ruled by sins forever, because He loves us. As any father, God has a caring and loving heart for us and He wants to have a relationship with us. Toward this end, God made a plan to restore our broken relationship with Him for our peace and enjoyment. Romans 5:8 attests to this, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Many people question why Christ died for us. In Romans 6:23, the scripture states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” The consequence of sin is death, but God out of love and mercy substituted the death of Christ Jesus for us. This happened so that when we believe in the death of Christ Jesus on the cross, God commutes our sins. We can then have a stable relationship with God to benefit fully from His perfect plan. That means we find peace, happiness, less anxiety, good health and abundant living. That is not all. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” This means it is only by walking with Jesus that we are taken out of the world of sin.
Friend, it is so good that you now have heard this good news and know the message. But know that mere knowledge of the word of God does not necessarily help us overcome sin. True righteousness is the result of faith. In John 8:31-32, Jesus said “if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” When you practice the principles of the word of God, you come to appreciate them as the truth.
The Bible attests to God’s righteousness and justice. It is this characteristic of God which caused Him to make a plan of salvation for us. Equally, it is part of God’s righteousness and justice to punish rebelliousness against His word. This is because God is holy. In Hosea 9:9, the word of God forewarns the world about God’s impending judgment. So, dear reader, be warned, the people who refuse to repent of their wickedness, moral, social and economic corruption, and sins will be condemned (see Revelation 21: 8).
You can come to Jesus Christ today wherever you are by saying a simple prayer. Father, God of heaven, I confess my sins today and I pray for forgiveness. Make me your own from today in Jesus name. Amen.