For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life – John 3:16.
This Scripture is the core of Christianity, or salvation. This verse clarifies the reason for salvation and it is my go-to Scripture whenever I feel like I am wandering off. It says that GOD loved the world so much, and as a result gave away His only Son. What grabs my attention the most is the reason why the Son was given. The Son was given so that none should perish but rather for all to have eternal life. So, the main reason for salvation is eternal life.
I must say that it is quite sad when you engage with people and you realize that their reason for being born-again has nothing to do with the reason GOD sent His Son. To some, salvation is just a bait for GOD, they accept the Lord so that they can receive blessings and miracles. I recently encountered a person who said they accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior because they were just tired of poverty and needed GOD to bless them. She revealed to me that the person who invited her to church told her to come and get her blessings, that her coming to church would be the end of her struggles. This statement was undeniably true, because GOD does want to bless all of us.
As much as the statement was true, I could not help but worry about the intention this lady had for salvation. I was worried because I felt her focus would not be on GOD the giver of life, but rather on obtaining the blessings she was promised. The best thing about salvation is that we get to inherit eternal life, and I think that is enough to keep one in Christ. The reason we are often too quick to give up on GOD is because we are too focused on GOD blessing us, instead of ensuring that our names are recorded in the Book of Life. Let us not get it twisted, the reward of Christianity is not blessings/miracles but rather eternal life.
The reason we are often too quick to give up on GOD is because we are too focused on GOD blessing us, instead of ensuring that our names are recorded in the Book of Life