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GOSPEL TRUTH: “One Life. Live It.”

Thinking about the slogan in the window…..

 

The slogan in the rear window of the car in front of mine read, boldly, One Life – Live it and said nothing more. Was it an advertisement? Was it a phrase that others “in the know” might recognize? I decided to investigate.

 

 

A little research on the internet led me to three destinations. First, there was an Australian site offering a range of corporate health programmes designed to identify risk factors and implement ways to treat and manage them. Another site led me to Theresa Dawson, an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Holistic Health Specialist, working in Yorkshire. The final link brought me to the answer and to Jed Krettle, the owner of a Land Rover. Jed decided to display a “mission statement” in the back of his modified Defender – and evidently other Land Rover owners have taken the idea on board too. A neighbour described Jed Krettle as “a casual, cash-in-hand assistant for a local builder” living in Hertfordshire. According to his mother, Jed has taken the one life his parents gave him and lives it to the full. “He’s embraced life,” she said, rather than just passing through the world. His mother is proud of him – but to all accounts Jed’s life is fairly ordinary, “spending the weekend fixing the gearbox on his Land Rover, driving up and down the road to St Albans, drinking alone in a local pub, or simply relaxing.” The idea has certainly caught on, especially with Land Rover owners – but we all have “one life” to live.

 

ONE LIFE

The Bible states, “It is appointed unto men once to die” (Heb.9:27). This implies that we live once. The fact of death can hardly be denied. Cemeteries and funeral processions, as well as death announcements in a newspaper, constantly remind us that death is to be faced. The one life we are living will come to an end. There is no thought of reincarnation in the Bible: we live once, and we die once. But death is not the end. The verse quoted above continues, “But after this the judgment” (Heb.9:27). After that one life of ours upon earth is finished, we will meet our Maker to give an account to Him. The Bible puts it like this: “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom.14:12). We will not be able to avoid that meeting – and we will not be able to alter the outcome. “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev.20:15). Hell is a real place.

 

BOOK OF LIFE  

God’s Word describes a “book of life” in which can be found the names of those belonging to the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to save us from Hell, the Son of God entered our world and yielded up His holy and perfect life upon the cross. If we acknowledge our sin, turn from it in genuine repentance, and ask God to save us from our wrongs through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus, we can be forgiven. If we ask Him to save us, we will never have to face Hell because Jesus Christ has already taken our place when He died at the cross.

 

ONE LIFE – LIVE IT

For many, life is a disappointment. Yet Christ came into this world that we might “have life” and “have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). We were created that we might know God, but our relationship with Him has been broken because of sin. Our greatest need is to find forgiveness and peace with God. When we ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save us, and when we ask Him to enter and take control of our lives, something happens. God, by His Holy Spirit, comes to live within us, and He enables us to enjoy fellowship with God. As Jesus said, life of a more abundant quality can be ours!

 

Possessing a Land Rover will not bring true fulfillment to your life, but knowing God in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will give you something that cannot be found anywhere else. As one hymn-writer said, “The prospects opening to the Christian’s view are grander as the days go by” (1). The life we possess on earth is just the beginning. In God’s presence is fullness of joy, and “at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psa.16:11). Allow Christ to have His way in you. Then you really will live.

 

END NOTE:- (1)The dear old story of a Saviour’s love, by E. E. Hewitt: SANKEY’S SACRED SONGS & SOLOS 510.