Hello, friend. The premise of my writing — no, really of my entire life — is that God, the Creator of the Universe, wants to be in a relationship with people, His creation. That’s why He made us in the first place. And it’s the only way we will be truly fulfilled in life. Because relationship with God is what we were made for.
But there’s a big obstacle to that relationship. It’s called sin. Sin is anything that goes against God. And people choose sin. Again and again…and again. No one is exempt. Romans 3:10 says “There is none righteous; no, not one.” And later in the same chapter, verse 23 tells us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
So how can we have any hope of a fulfilled life in relationship with our Creator?
We have no hope of restoring that relationship on our own. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 64 that all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. Yep, that bad! Do you think we can work our way toward God with our best efforts amounting to filthy rags? Of course not. So, left to our own devices, we are utterly without hope.
And without hope, we rightly deserve the penalty of sin, which is death — complete separation from God, now and forevermore. The Bible tells us in Romans 6 that the wages of [i.e. payment for] sin is death. What can be done?
Here is where God’s amazing love and unmatched grace comes in. In the Bible, Romans 5:8 tells us that “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Why would He do such a thing, while we were still sinners, enemies of God? According to John 3:16, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
What exactly does that mean, “He gave His only Son”? There is an entire section of the Bible devoted to Jesus’ life and ministry, but the answer is summed up beautifully in I Corinthians 15:3-4: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.”
God sent Jesus to earth to pay the penalty we rightly deserved. Jesus died, once and for all, in my place and in yours.
Why? Because of His great love. For me and FOR YOU! He wants to be in a relationship with you that much.
How can you enter into this relationship with Him? It’s very simple:
- Acknowledge your sin. Confess to God in prayer that you are a sinner, utterly without hope apart from His grace.
- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Let God know that you believe He sent His Son to earth to die in your place for your sins, and that He was buried and that He rose again, defeating sin and death once and for all.
- Confess to Jesus that you want Him to be Lord of your life. You want to do things His way, not your own anymore. You will still sin, because people will always be imperfect creatures as long as we live on this earth. But your desire to live in sin will be replaced by a desire to know God, love Him, and serve Him.
Now you can rejoice, and thank God for His salvation! He promises that “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
If you have taken these steps, I congratulate you on your very first divine encounter! It’s the first of many divine encounters God wants to have with you. I promise you, it’s the very best decision you could ever make, and I welcome you wholeheartedly as a fellow child of God! If you’ve just made this decision, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can rejoice with you, pray for you, and send you some helpful follow-up information. You might also find these links helpful as you begin your Christian walk:
- What is Jesus’ First Priority for Those Who Follow Him?
- Identity in Christ – Who Are You?
- What Are the Primary Aspects of a Christ-Following Life?
If you aren’t yet ready to make this decision, that is also understandable. It’s important to be certain of your commitment before entering into this relationship with God. If you have questions I can answer, or if I can serve you in any other way, please email me at email@example.com. I would welcome the opportunity to communicate with you more about this important decision.
May God bless you as you continue to seek Him!
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