Have you ever had a great passion in your life? You know one that you want to tell anyone who would listen. Some people love to share great news about a new restaurant with great food, or a new fun place to visit, a great new movie or video just out, and some are dying to share about a great new relationship in their life.
Ever heard the saying, blood is thicker than water? It refers to the closeness of family.
I think the most important relationship you can have is with friends and family.
What about a relationship with the person who created you?
Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just a “religion” or a chance to do good, but a true relationship with the creator of all.
A relationship with Jesus is not real difficult.
The first step is to understand that you were created with value and worth. God wants your life to count. Did you know that God loves you and created you to have a personal relationship with Him?
Truth is that God created you. In Psalms 139:13-14 the Bible says,” You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!”
And God loves you. You have probably heard this before or see the signs at the football games – but it still holds true. “For God so loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Since He created you and loves you, it stands to reason that he wants you to know Him (he already knows us). “And this is the way to have eternal life – by knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth!” (John 17:3)
So why is it that many people do not have a personal relationship with God?
It’s because our sin keeps us from having a personal relationship with God.
So what is sin? “Knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin” (James 4:17) You see, God is holy and perfect … and we are not. Sin not only means doing wrong or failing to do all that God wants. Sin is also our attitude of ignoring or rejecting God. Because God is holy, he cannot accept our sin.
Who has sinned? We have all. Any wrong doing is a sin – yes, even glancing on a friends paper during a test at school. “Yes. they all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal …” (Romans 3:23)
What happens when we sin? “But the trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God.” (Isaiah 59:2) “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Sin causes a gap between God and us. Death, which means eternal separation from God, is the penalty of sin.
So it sounds like a problem is starting develop. God wants us to be with Him, but because we have sinned, he won’t allow it.
So what is the solution to our separation from God?
Only through Jesus Christ can you have a personal relationship with God.
So why Jesus Christ? In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way – yes, the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.” It is only through Jesus Christ that we can have a relationship with God.
Why did Jesus Christ have to die? “He died once for the sins of all us guilty sinners, although he himself was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might bring us safely home to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, so we might be forgiven.
Why did Jesus rise from the dead? Jesus Christ rose from the dead to prove he could give us eternal life. “Christ died for our sins just as Scriptures said he would … he was buried … three days afterwards he arose from the grave just as the prophets foretold … he was seen by more than five hundred Christian brothers at one time …” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
So there are the facts!
How can you begin your personal relationship with God?
You must personally respond by trusting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
You respond with trust in Christ. In Ephesians 2:8-9 the Bible says, “Because of his kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take credit for it.”
You respond by turning to God from sin. “Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins …” (Acts 3:19)
You respond by receiving Christ. “To all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they need to do was to trust him to save them.” (John 1:12)
Receiving Christ means:
Turning to God from your own way of living (called repentance).
Inviting Christ to come into your life and trusting him to forgive your sin.
Allowing God to direct your life. Receiving Jesus Christ is not just an emotional experience; nor is it just agreeing with your mind that Jesus is the Son of God. It means total trust, an act of your will.
So here’s the deal. Now knowing all you know you would probably fit into one of three categories.
- You don’t have a personal relationship with Christ.
- You would like a personal relationship with Christ.
- You already have a personal relationship with Christ.
Where would you put yourself in the above categories?
And where would you like to be?
This is a rubber meets the road time. Having read this far means your interested. It also means that you will either accept Jesus Christ or reject him (it’s a yes or no decision because you now know the facts)
If you would like, you can begin a personal relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ by faith.
You can express your faith (trust) through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. He knows what you mean when its difficult to express yourself. You can pray the following or use your own words (its not the words, but what your heart is communicating).
You can pray something like, “Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and come into my life. Please begin to direct my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Can you say this to God, and mean it? If you can, pray right now and trust Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your life, as he promised.
Your trust in Jesus Christ begins a lifelong relationship!
God commits himself to you.
- God assures you that Jesus Christ has come into your life. In John 14:20, Jesus says, “… I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
- God will never leave you. “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
- God completely forgives your sin. “For he forgave all your sins, and blotted out the charges proved against you.” (Colossians 2:13-14)
- God assures you that you have eternal life. “I have written this to you who believe in the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 john 5:13)
- God gives you his Holy spirit to enable you to live the Christian life. “Let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:25)
In Colosians 2:6-7 the Bible says, “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him too, for each day’s problems; … See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous ….”
No matter how you feel, God always remains committed to you. The promises in God’s word, the Bible, are you authority. This following illustration shows the relationship between fact (God and his Word), faith (out trust in God and His word) and our feelings.
Your faith in the fact that a chair will support you causes you to act in sitting in the chair. The result is that you feel the comfort of the chair’s strength. Even when you don’t feel relaxed in the chair, it continues to support you. In the same way, you must rely on the factual promises of God’s word, rather than your feelings. Good feelings may come and go, but the fact of God’s love for you and his forgiveness remain consistent.
To keep growing in your relationship with God.
Find a local bible believing church and start attending. Find some ‘new members’ classes to take, etc. Meet people there and learn all you can about your new friend, Jesus.
Go to God daily in prayer. Phillippians 4:6-7
Read the Bible everyday. 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Obey God moment by moment. Luke 6:46-48
Tell others about Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:15-16
Holy Spirit – let Him direct your life. John 14:26
Now you too can share your most important relationship with others. “It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” Ephesians 2:10
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