Ok, so I don’t usually comment on “Pop Culture.” In fact, I will have to add a new category for this post, the afore-mentioned “Pop Culture.” I only knew Heath Ledger through his films, most notably The Patriot. I thought him to be an excellent actor with a great presence on the screen.
I either read an article or heard somewhere where he and Michelle Williams (of Dawson’s Creek fame) had a daughter together. As a Christian, I must not condone Mr. Ledger’s nor Ms. Williams lifestyle–they were never married and had a daughter. However, today I felt myself feeling sorry for that little girl (having a four-month-old myself), that she would never get to know her dad–except what he looked like, and that on TV. The world is full of father-less children and now it has one more. Psalm 68:5 calls God “A Father to the fatherless.” Well, I hope this little girl will be turned to Him so that God, in Christ, will be her Father.
The events of today’s news cycle have almost been hijacked by the story of Mr. Ledger’s passing. There are many things to learn from his all-too-short life.
If you are a Christian and you’re reading this blog, this is what you need to understand:
- Not one of us is guaranteed one month, one week, one day, one minute, or one second. Your life (my life too) can end before you finish reading this sentence. God may take our lives or He may grant us decades more. Life is in His hands, not ours and no matter how young and vibrant we seem, it could all end in a heartbeat.
- Nothing on this earth is permanent. Mr. Ledger probably had countless millions of dollars in his bank account. I’m sure that money now seems quite worthless. Whether a person has 1 dollar or 100 billion dollars, at death we all become bankrupt.
- The blessings of this life must be used to further the Kingdom of God. Everything God has given us by His grace is, ultimately, His and therefore must be used to His glory. God has given to many Christians a decent amount of resources–financial resources, time, talents, etc. Since these resources must be left here, transfer them to Heaven by “Laying treasures up in Heaven”
If you are a non-Christian and you are reading this blog, you need to understand that at the moment of death you will pass into eternity and that eternity is either with God in Heaven or apart from God in Hell.
- God is a Holy God and cannot abide sin, which is rebellion against Him and His Law.
- Rebellion, which we live in a state of, makes God very angry with us and He demands that we pay for our sinful rebellion. Our rebellion makes us slaves to sin.
- Atonement is the way to pay for our sin. God demands a payment for your sin and no amount of good works will pay the debt our sin has caused. Since God is eternal, the punishment for sinful rebellion is severe–an eternity of punishment in Hell.
- Christ offered to pay your atonement for you. Through His substitutionary life and death on the cross, you can have your sins paid-in-full so that you won’t have to pay your own atonement in Hell for all eternity. Because of God’s gracious gift of salvation, Christ will take the penalty for your sinful rebellion and will give you all His righteousness He earned during His perfect, sinless, and un-rebellious life and set you free from slavery to sin.
- Eternity with God (the Lord of the universe) is the destination of all who trust in Christ to be their Savior, their Substitute. Instead of being a servant or a slave, God Himself offers you to be adopted into His family–as a son or a daughter.
Another way to remember this offer is this: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
As a result of God setting you free from sin, you will serve Him and live your life as an act of worship. And rather than amassing money in your bank account or seeking fame for yourself, you will want to use everything you have and everything you are to worship God and to lay up your treasures in heaven.
If, as a non-Christian, you’d like to know more, leave a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll e-mail you and we can talk more.