Remember the slogan, "No Deposit, No Return"? Back in the day, bottled soda and beer came in refillable bottles. You would pay a deposit when you purchased your drinks. Then upon returning your empty bottles, you received your deposit back, (about 2 cents per bottle).
But in the 1950s the manufacturers came up with a brilliant solution; they would simply charge an extra nickel for the beverage and tell the customer to throw the 2-cent bottle away. Hence the slogan, "No Deposit, No Return."
As Christians, we have a deposit on us. 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22 states, "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."
The Holy Spirit is a deposit put in us by Christ. That deposit gives us value. And when the end times come, whether it be by our death, or the second coming, that deposit will get a return. Our "return" will be eternal life because of our faith and that deposit of the Holy Spirit. Without that deposit we are ensured eternal separation from God; hell.
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Have your received your deposit of the Holy Spirit? If not, why not seek guidance* today on how you too can be assured of eternal life. Remember...No Deposit. No Return.
* Visit your pastor, a trusted Christian friend, or read this article to find out how to become a Christian and receive the deposit of the Holy Spirit. Be sure to tell someone your decision and find a mentor (pastor or friend) to help you along in the process of growing your faith.