It seems as though we all have questions. Some people wonder if God exists. Others question what will happen to them after they die. Still others are searching out the meaning of life. Many more live their lives without any understanding of why they are here on earth. We all have questions, but only God has the answers we need.
You see, the Bible teaches that God has an amazing plan for each person’s life – a plan that includes abundant life, hope, joy, peace, and purpose. In fact, God created you to live in a love relationship with Him forever. The Bible tells of the extent of God’s love for each person in John 3:16, “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.” God loves you and desires to have a relationship with you so much that He chose to give up His only Son so that you might know Him.
You may be wondering why you feel so isolated from God if He loves you and desires a relationship with you. The answer is simple – sin. Sin is what isolates us from God. Sin is nothing less than rebellion against God, and it prevents us from an eternal relationship with Him. You see, God is perfect and we are not. The Bible teaches us that none of us have lived up to God’s perfect standard by reminding us in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Our imperfection, that is our sin, has tremendous consequences. Not only does it separate us from God but it also results in death. The Bible teaches in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of [our] sin is death.” Our sin is the source of all our problems.
But if God requires perfection and no one is perfect, how then can anyone have a relationship with God? Again, the answer is simple – forgiveness. The statement that no one is perfect is only partially true. There is One who was perfect – God’s only Son Jesus Christ. Jesus was absolutely perfect, absolutely without sin. Despite being sinless, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for every person’s sin by dying on the cross. In fact, the Bible teaches in 1 Peter 3:18 that Jesus “died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” You see, the only way that our relationship with God can be restored is for our sins to be forgiven. This is the very reason that Jesus died on the cross. His death made it possible for you to be forgiven, but…you have to ask for it!
Eternal life and a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe can be a reality for you now and forever. The Bible teaches us in John 10:10 that Jesus came to give us the most incredible and abundant life possible. In fact, John 1:12 says that “to all who received Him [meaning Jesus], to those who have believed in His name He gave the right to become children of God.” The ability to have the life you have always wanted and to have a relationship with the God who holds all the answers to the questions of your life is within your reach right now!
Beginning your relationship with God is actually quite simple. First you must admit that you have sinned and that you are willing to turn away from your sin and to God. Second, you must believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again from the dead. Third, you must confess your belief in Jesus Christ. If you are willing to do these three things to begin your relationship with God, then simply pray this prayer to God.
“God, I now admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You sent Jesus, who died on the cross and rose from the dead paying the penalty for my sins. I am asking that You forgive me of my sin and I receive Your gift of eternal life. It is in Jesus’ name that I ask for this gift. Amen.”
If you just prayed this prayer with all your heart, the Bible teaches that you have just begun your relationship with God! We would love to celebrate with you. Please do us a favor. Simply submit a comment below telling us about your new relationship with Jesus so that we can pray for you! Don’t worry. Your comment won’t be published for everyone to see. Always know that you are loved by God and by all of us at Highland Hills!