One of the most acclaimed films of 2014 was “Boyhood.” It is remarkable in that it was filmed over a span of 12 years using the same actors who came together a few days each year. The film is simply billed as “the life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.” It won Best Motion Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for Best Motion Picture and five other awards at the Oscars.
One of the reasons why this film resonates with so many is because it is simply the depiction of the life of a boy, his family, and the people they come in contact with. Many people can relate to the experiences of the characters in the movie — growing up, attending school, graduating, making mistakes, marriage, divorce, moving from a place you have lived your whole life, etc. One reviewer noted that the fact that twelve years of a boy’s life has been condensed into less than three hours “has the remarkable — and no doubt intended — effect of making us realise just how short life is.”
Another effect the movie has is that it forces us to think about our lives in particular and about the meaning of life in general. Through the actions and words of the characters, we are reminded of how feeble we really are and how little control we really have over this thing called life. In one scene in the movie, the boy Mason says to his father, “So what’s the point?” His father replies, “Of what?” Mason says, “I don’t know, any of this. Everything.” His father says, “Everything? What’s the point? I mean, I sure don’t know. Neither does anybody else, okay? We’re all just winging it, you know.”
I don’t know about you, dear friend, but “just winging it” does not sound like a very optimistic view of life. Most of us will admit that what we want in life is some assurance about where we are and where we are going, some direction, some goals for the future, and some peace about what that future holds. In fact, if we knew that someone could tell us where we would be and what we would be doing with our lives five, ten, or fifteen years from now, we would be happy to get that information. If someone could tell us with certainty and proof what happens after death, we would eagerly sign up to know. We don’t want to live lives of uncertainty. We don’t want to just wing it.
Despite our desires, the reality is that life is uncertain. Even the most well-laid plans go awry. Uncertainty could be the defining term of our day and time. But it does not have to define your eternal future. While you can’t be sure of what tomorrow will hold, you can be certain of what will happen to you after you die. Yes, someone does know what happens after death, and He has provided a way for you to be sure of what will happen to you as well. His name is Jesus Christ; He is the Son of God who came to earth, died on the cross for you and me, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. He went to death and through death for us, and now He wants us to make sure that Heaven will be our destination on the other side.
In John 5:24, Jesus Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” If you trust the Word of God and believe in Jesus Christ today, your eternal future will be secure. No matter what happens in life, from now until the moment you take your final breath, you will have the assurance of an eternal home in Heaven with God.
You can have this certainty in your life if you make the decision to put your life in God’s hands by trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. Allow me to share with you what it means to do that and how you can do that right now today.
First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Even though Adam and Eve were the first to sin, we must each take responsibility for our own actions. In honest repentance agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, died for your sins — taking the punishment you deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only thing that makes it possible for God to forgive us of our sins and do the life-changing, soul-healing work that we desperately need done.
Third, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences by believing that He died, was buried, and rose again, and receiving Him into your life by faith. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you want to open your heart and life to Jesus Christ and allow Him to do the work that only He can do, you can pray a short prayer to let God know about your decision. Repeat after me and mean it from your heart:
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.