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Minister’s Corner

Rock Haven Baptist Church

William “Happy” Chandler


There have been many people throughout human history who made a decision that “defined” their life. Two American presidents are an example. Abraham Lincoln’s life was defined for the good when he determined to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Richard Nixon’s career was defined for worse when he chose to cover up a break-in at the Watergate hotel. Winston Churchill’s defining life decision as the British prime minister happened when he refused to make peace with Nazi Germany. It was a courageous and significant to the outcome of World War II. Benedict Arnold’s character was tarnished forever when as an American Revolutionary War officer he decided to betray George Washington and his fellow colonial patriots by defecting to the British army.

 Imagine having one decision that defines your whole life. Yet Jesus Christ makes it clear (Mark 8:36) that each of us must make a decision that will determine our eternal destiny. When our life here is over, we will be defined as either having accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior or as having rejected his offer of salvation. We will determine whether we desire to be in Christ’s presence forever or choose to be eternally separated from him. Even if you don’t believe in life after death, you will be defined as having taken that chance.

 There are numerous people who want their lives to be defined by their skill for making money, becoming powerful and influential, building a corporate legacy, or gaining public notoriety. But Christ, who came to give us abundant life (John 10:10), says we have thrown it all away if our soul remains forever lost. When we turn to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing of sin, we find the soul’s new birth. It is a decision that defines us for eternity and does so in the best possible way.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”—Mark 8:36

 There have been many people throughout human history who made a decision that “defined” their life. Two American presidents are an example. Abraham Lincoln’s life was defined for the good when he determined to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Richard Nixon’s career was defined for worse when he chose to cover up a break-in at the Watergate hotel. Winston Churchill’s defining life decision as the British prime minister happened when he refused to make peace with Nazi Germany. It was a courageous and significant to the outcome of World War II. Benedict Arnold’s character was tarnished forever when as an American Revolutionary War officer he decided to betray George Washington and his fellow colonial patriots by defecting to the British army.

 Imagine having one decision that defines your whole life. Yet Jesus Christ makes it clear (Mark 8:36) that each of us must make a decision that will determine our eternal destiny. When our life here is over, we will be defined as either having accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior or as having rejected his offer of salvation. We will determine whether we desire to be in Christ’s presence forever or choose to be eternally separated from him. Even if you don’t believe in life after death, you will be defined as having taken that chance.

 There are numerous people who want their lives to be defined by their skill for making money, becoming powerful and influential, building a corporate legacy, or gaining public notoriety. But Christ, who came to give us abundant life (John 10:10), says we have thrown it all away if our soul remains forever lost. When we turn to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing of sin, we find the soul’s new birth. It is a decision that defines us for eternity and does so in the best possible way.


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