God wants you to know that He loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. This may seem hard for you to believe, but it is true. It is the central message of the Bible. It is the good news that Jesus came to bring to the world. Here are the basic elements of this message...
1. God loves you and created you to experience peace and a fulfilled life.
Every person is created in the image of God. The very purpose of our existence is to know God intimately and to discover his purpose for our lives. God wants us to enjoy a life of peace and fulfillment. Here is what the Bible tells us...
When we are made right with God, we have peace with him through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Jesus came that we might have life and might have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
2. Unfortunately, each of us is separated from God.
The reason we cannot experience this fulfilled life is because we are separated from God. Each of us has done something wrong. The Bible calls this sin, and sin separates us from God. So, you see we have messed God's plan up by our wrongdoing. We now have a big problem. It's as if there is a great chasm between God and us. The Bible says...
Your [God's] eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (Habakkuk 1:13)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Your sins have cut you off from God. (Isaiah 59:2)
3. It is only natural that we try to build our own bridge across the chasm.
Deep within each of us is the desire to know God and to discover the fulfilled life He offers us. We know something is missing. Typically, we try to cross this chasm by being a good moral person, going to church, helping people, etc. All of these are good and admirable, but they fall short... far short. It's like trying to jump over the Grand Canyon. This is a problem you can't fix by yourself. Listen again to what the Bible says...
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)
There is no one righteous, not even one. (Romans 3:9, 10)
4. God has provided a way to bridge the gap between you and Him.
God knows that we have a problem. He always has known. He could have just written the human race off, but He didn't. Instead, He has provided a way for us to know Him and to find the fulfilled life He desires for us. God's answer was to become one of us. So, Jesus came and lived here with us. He willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. He died on the cross to pay the price for our wrongdoing, and then He rose again. Here is how the Bible tells us about this...
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son and whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
For Christ has suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bright us to God. (1 Peter 3:18).
I [Jesus] am the way and the truth and the life; no on comes to the Father, but through me. (John 14:6)
5. Since God has provided a solution to the problem, we can now choose to accept His solution as a free gift.
To enter into a relationship with God and experience the fulfilled life, each of us must put our trust in Christ. There is no other way. Jesus is the bridge to God. God's plan is freely given to anyone who will receive Christ. What does this mean? It means to face the truth about your sins, to believe the truth about Jesus, and to change the direction of your life to follow Him. The Bible makes it clear...
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into Him. (Revelation 3:20)
To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
If you desire to know God or you are not certain you have a relationship with him, we encourage you to settle this issue by praying this simple prayer...
Jesus, I know that my sins have broken my relationship with you. But I believe you gave up your own life to bring me back to God. I believe you rose from the dead, so I could find my life with God. I want to follow you now and love you back every day for the rest of my life.
If you prayed this prayer sincerely, you have just made the most important decision of your life!
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