Do You Know Jesus?
Have you ever felt the "tug" of God on your heart to draw closer to Him? God is likely calling you into what Christians call the plan of salvation. We’re not here by accident. God loves us and wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. However, there is one thing that separates all of us from God: sin.
The Bible describes sin as our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, and thoughts we entertain. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” In other words, no matter how good we try, none of us can live a perfect life.
Some people classify themselves as either good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that our sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes all of us. We are all born separated from God.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are by their actions. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. But here’s the great news: God love us, yet our sins demand punishment - the punishment of death and separation from God, but because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.
"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
For us to come to God, we must get rid of our sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this. We can't make ourselves right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. And why would God deliver us? Because He loves us.
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy."
It's God's grace that allows us to come to Him - not our efforts to "clean up our messes.” It's a free gift.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."
For us to come to God, the penalty for ours sin must be paid. God's gift to each of us is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for us when He died on the Cross.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord."
Jesus paid the price for our sins by giving His life on the cross. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for us to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation.
To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. It’s called "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is to the Father, so that our thinking is in line with His.
All that's left for us to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for us in being right with Him.
"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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
God says that if we believe in His son, Jesus, we can live forever with Him in glory.
"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."
Friend, are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:
Here's a Suggested Prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.