A Cowboy presentation of the Gospel. A small tract booklet coming in a pack of 10.
““If the cow doesn’t have our brand, don’t let it in,” the cowboy shouted to the cowhand who was helping him.
A brand is a special mark that cannot be removed. This mark is placed on all cattle that belong to the rancher. It didn’t matter if it was a nice cow, or a fine-looking one, if it didn’t have the rancher’s special mark (the brand), it didn’t belong.
God wants every boy and girl to belong to Him, but if we don’t have His special mark of ownership, we can’t be a part of His family.
Why do we need to belong to God?
God is the Creator of all people, but because of sin, people are separated from God (or lost) as it says in the Bible. Sin is anything we do that is not what God would want us to do – thinking bad thoughts, fighting, disobeying, lying, and many other things: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
It would be horrible to be separated from God for all eternity (forever). That is why we need to make sure we belong to Him so we can be saved and safe with Him forever!
How can we belong to God?
Some people try to come to God through their own ways. But the Bible tells us that we do not receive salvation through our works, prayers, church attendance, or anything else we might try to do. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Because people can do nothing on their own to save themselves, the Lord Jesus Christ did it all for them. The sin that separated us from a holy God was the reason Jesus died on the Cross. He had never done a single thing wrong, because Jesus Christ is God. BUT He was willing to suffer the punishment for our sins and die for us, so that we could become His children. After Jesus died, three days later He came alive, never to die again!
What must I do to belong to God?
The only thing anyone can do to belong to God’s family is to put their faith in Jesus Christ as their own Savior. Faith is just believing what God says He will do, and God says that He will take ALL to Heaven who are trusting ONLY in Jesus Christ. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
Won’t you put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior right now? Maybe say something like this:
“Dear Jesus, I know I have done things wrong and that I deserve to be separated from you. But I do believe that you died in my place for my sins and right now I am trusting in you to give me eternal life in Heaven.”
If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, then according to God’s Word, you belong to Him, and God has already placed a very special brand on you. God the Holy Spirit comes and lives within each believer. This is not anything we can feel or see. This is something that God does for us the moment we believe in Christ. “In Him you trusted, after you heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in Him also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).
God the Holy Spirit lives inside each believer and will never leave us nor can He be taken away from us until we are safely in Heaven forever with God (Ephesians 1:14). That is truly good news!”