Jay Bell

When I was growing up I always dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player and hitting a home run. My goal was achieved when I was drafted and signed by the Minnesota Twins in 1984 and made my big league debut two years later with Cleveland. It didn’t take long for me to reach my goal of hitting a home run either. I hit the first pitch ever thrown to me in a major league game out of the park.

Dreams are great to have and goals are important to set. Someday all of the achievements I’ve been blessed with in baseball will be wiped away and I’ll be gone and forgotten. But the ultimate goal in life is to have a relationship with God and have the assurance of knowing you’ll spend eternity with Him. It’s great to know that God loves me and sent His Son, Jesus to die for my sins (John 3:16). The Bible tells us that we "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), but that we can be "justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24). That means we can’t earn salvation or eternal life by any merit of our own, but that Jesus paid for our sin when He died on the cross. Placing your full trust in His payment and not on your own goodness, is all that’s necessary – it’s called faith.

There is no dream, no goal that you can have that is more important than spending eternity with the God who created you and loves you and died for you. The great thing is that you don’t have to wait to achieve this goal, for God promises that "if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Notice it doesn’t say you might be saved or you can be saved if you do enough good things or if you go to church. No, it’s a promise that when you place your trust in Jesus Christ alone, you will receive eternal life. I made the decision to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was in Junior High School..

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