Begin Your Relationship with God
God Loves You
The very God who created the universe desires a relationship with you. Not because He is needy, but because His very nature is love. God wants you to know Him and enjoy His magnificence. You are significant because the Creator of the Universe custom designed you in His image.
God is committed to your well-being. Think about that . . . God cares about you! Not only did He design you, He also has mapped out a perfect course for your life that will result in your utmost joy and fulfillment. Listen to God’s words,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
God has a wonderful plan for your life. So it’s all good, right? Wrong! There’s a problem. . .
Separation from God
The problem is SIN. It’s a small word with enormous implications. Sin separates us from God.
The problem is we all have made wrong choices in life. The Bible calls these wrong choices “sin” which in the original Greek language means “missing the mark” … like an archer missing his target.
The Apostle Paul explains,
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23, NIV).
Have you ever really thought about your own personal sin?
The Bible teaches us that God is absolutely pure and holy … and that He cannot tolerate sin. The Bible states,
For the wages of sin is death…(Romans 6:23, NLT)
Jesus Died for You
The Apostle Paul explained God’s solution,
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV).
In spite of our sinfulness, our loving and merciful God found a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him!
Jesus was crucified on a cross and then buried in a heavily guarded tomb. All hope seemed lost. But, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day … just as He had promised (Matthew 16:21)!
Wow! Isn’t that incredible? Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so we can spend eternity in heaven with God.
God’s Free Gift
God has made it possible for us to have eternal life!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
But you may be thinking, “What about all the good things I’ve done in my life? They must count for something!” However, because God is holy, He demands absolute perfection.
“For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws” (James 2:10, NLT).
So regardless of whether you keep most of God’s laws or just a few of them, you will fall short of His required standards. It’s not possible to earn your way into heaven through your good deeds. God can only accept sinless perfection. And Jesus was the only one who ever accomplished that.
Jesus is the only way into heaven.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'” (John 14:6, NIV).
Jesus Christ paid for all your sins on the cross … and God’s perfect justice is totally satisfied by the blood of Jesus. He offers you the free gift of eternal life. The question is, “Will you accept it?”
Spiritual New Birth
So what does it take to begin your personal relationship with God?
Jesus explained the process to a religious leader who came to meet with him secretly one night. He told him, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3, NLT).
In order for you to begin the journey that leads to heaven, you must be born again — this time spiritually. Physical birth produces physical life. Spiritual birth creates spiritual life.
The spiritual new birth is the gateway to a new beginning — the start of your journey with God.
Choose Eternal Life
Jesus came to earth to make it possible for us to have a personal relationship with God for all eternity. When He rose from the dead, His mission was accomplished. He is now offering you a pardon for your sins.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12, NIV).
Will you accept this free gift from God by receiving Jesus Christ into your life?
Eternal life is a gift from God. You can’t do anything to earn it! But, like any gift, you can choose to accept or reject it.
“Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. … God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:10-12, NIV).
In the original Greek language, the word believe means to trust in, cling to, and rely upon. Becoming a Christian is putting your faith (trust) in Jesus’ death for you on the cross, and in His resurrection for your eternal life. It is a choice that you make.
Receive Christ by Faith
Do you want the forgiveness for sin that Jesus offers?
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV).
In order to receive God’s forgiveness for your sins, you must honestly face the claims of Jesus Christ and believe that He is God, that He died for your sins and rose again, and that He wants to come into your life.
God knows your thoughts and motives. He desires you to come to Him, thanking Him for Jesus’ death for you on the cross. You receive Jesus Christ into your life by personally asking Him to come into your life and forgive your sins. He wants to be your Lord and Savior.
If you haven’t ever invited Jesus into your life, simply pray the following words. But remember, it’s not the words you say but the attitude of your heart that is important.
“Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for all my sins—past, present, and future. Thank you for giving me eternal life, which you made possible by your death and resurrection. I receive you as my Savior by faith, and desire you to be Lord of my life.”
When you ask Jesus Christ into your life, you begin a life with Him here on earth that will extend into all eternity. There are blessings for you to experience now as well as in heaven!
If you have invited Jesus into your life to be your Savior and the Lord of your life, you have just taken the very first step in an entirely different direction. You have started on a brand new journey!
Here is a map for your journey with Jesus! It’s a FREE study e-booklet, “The Adventure of Living with Jesus.” This study, if put into regular practice, will lay a solid foundation for your new relationship with Jesus.