the way you were meant to live!
to the fullest!
is just the beginning!
The 316 LifeMost people spend countless hours behind the wheel of a car they know nothing about. Many people couldn’t even tell you the make and model of the car they drive every single day. But that’s not you. You are a gear-head. You don’t choose a car by how many cup holders and cubbyholes it has. You need to know the important information; like horsepower and torque curves. You want to know 0-60 times, how the suspension is set up, and how many g’s it will pull on the skid pad. Why do you need to know all this? Because you plan on driving that car like it was meant to be driven. A car is not an appliance. It’s an adrenaline machine, built to be driven for all it’s worth. When you choose a car, you plan on ringing out every last drop of performance it has to offer. This is what it means to truly drive. Jesus once said “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly!” Is your life some bland minivan just getting you from point a to point b? Or do you want to live life to the fullest? Do you want to live it like it was meant to be lived? Do want abundant life?... Then you need to go to the one who designed and built this life, and He will put you on the right track to all the performance, speed, and adrenaline this life has to offer. God wants you to live that kind of life today. The 316 life! Click on the next tab to find out how you can live the 316 life today!
The 316 Life TodayYou can live the 316 life TODAY! Here is what the verse of John 3:16 actually says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (HCSB). Let’s apply this verse to a racing analogy. Since the number 316, from a bible perspective represents one of the most recognizable bible verses that points us to the real King of Kings, Jesus, John 3:16, then let’s view life as being on a course, a course to get to God.
Starting LineYou can’t get to the right finish line without getting on the right starting line. In life, when we attempt to start with our own efforts, we start at the wrong place. Our efforts/behaviors do not give credit toward heaven. The Bible states, “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Elsewhere, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance”. Wow, that sounds appealing!! He is Creator of all mankind and has rightful ownership to us. As our Creator, He is the source of abundant living.
John 3:16 teaches that real life begins with God. “For God so loved the world” He has an unmatchable love for us. His love is so deep that it compelled Him to give up His only Son.
His love drives Him to grant an opportunity to find a purposeful life here on earth and in heaven.
The TrackIn racing, it is required that you race a particular course and stay on the course so that you are not disqualified. Since God really loves His creation (you and me), He developed a clear course, the track to Him - JESUS!
John 3:16 says, “He gave His One and Only Son”. Loving us enough to give up His only sinless Son proves He did what it would take for us to have life.
John 3:16 further states, “that whoever believes in Him”. Belief in Him is the track to God; do it our way by our own efforts=our life ends in a disastrous pile-up without God. It means we choose to make Him the driver in our lives.
The Bible says, “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. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10).
Caution FlagIn all forms of auto racing, caution flags come out when the racetrack is scattered with debris. That debris, when unclear, leads to great harm, danger, and in some cases tragic death.The consequence of the debris of sin in our lives is eternal separation from God. John 3:16 says it this way, “That whoever believes in Him will not perish”. Sin, without God’s forgiveness, leads us to perish or be forever separated from God. Sin is like dangerous debris on the race track of life that causes us to crash (perish). Such debris needs to be swept up. The word “forgiveness” in the Bible implies a God who comes into our lives and sweeps our sin away. Without God’s forgiveness we would never reach the finish line (living in heaven for eternity with God). In order to have our sin swept away, we must: - Confess our sin (1 Jn. 1:9) - Ask for his forgiveness (Eph. 1:7) - Repent of our sin (Acts 3:19)
Finish LineYou can’t get to the finish line without finishing the race. God’s objective in sending Jesus to die for our sins is that you and I would be given the gift of eternal life so that we would spend eternity in heaven with Him.
The difference in heaven is found in that anyone can reach the finish line! God gives the invitation to all who believe in him.
John 3:16 says, “that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life”. Once we place our faith in Jesus, we live with certainty that we will reach the finish line - eternity with God.
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:11-13).
With full surrender to Jesus we know we’ll spend eternity in heaven.
All of this can be yours if you take the 316 track to eternal life.
Cross the LineOne way you can be certain you will cross His finish line is to make a sincere commitment to Him as the driver of your life. Here is a suggested prayer you can pray:
“Dear Lord, I know that You must be the starting point of my life as the One true God. I ask you to cleanse and forgive me of my sin. I choose to believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for my sins, was buried, and was raised to life. I commit to Jesus as both the Savior and Lord of my life. Thank you for loving me, for forgiving me, and for the gift of eternal life in Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Keep Racing!Now that you’ve received the gift of eternal life, the race is not over but you now race in life with a God-given purpose. Now God wants you to live for Him. Listen to these words, “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14). The good news is that He is there to assist you, “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Keep on racing! The green flag is back out. Time to live the way you were meant to live!
Join a Local TeamEvery good race car driver needs a pit crew, a racing team, people who want to help you get to the finish line.
The local Bible-believing church is your team! They exist to help you grow as a disciple of Christ and to partner with you in telling others this Good News of Jesus Christ.
They will help you understand the need to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism and to continue growth in your life in Christ through prayer, Bible Study and service for Him.
Use the "Find a Church" link above or click here to find a local church that can help you finish the race!
Tell OthersHave you ever thought what you would do if you won a race? Who's the first person you'd give a high five? Donuts on the infield or climb the chain link fence in celebration?
It doesn't really matter. It's a party. You just won and you'd want the whole world to know!
Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always,to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).
If you have made a decision to allow Jesus in to your life it is time for a celebration! Go ahead... tell the whole world you have won the race!