First, it is important to understand that God loves you and has a plan for your life!
“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” (John 3:16)
Jesus speaking – “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10)
God wants you to have an abundant life. A life full of meaning and purpose, of joy, experience and peace. But sadly, most people are not experiencing that type of life. The reason is that man is sinful and separated from God.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
“The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:2-3)
Man was created to live in fellowship with God. But man, because of his stubborn self-will, chose to go his own way and broke fellowship with God. This is called sin. Sin is not only evil acts; it is anytime a person chooses to do something other than what God has called them to do. Sin is both active rebellion against God and passive indifference to God’s call for one’s life. The problem with sin is that it causes eternal spiritual separation from God, who is holy and cannot tolerate any sin.
“The wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)
Men live their lives continually trying to fill the void of that separation from God. Through their own efforts, mankind tries to find peace through experience, philosophy, accumulating wealth, being good, community service, religion – but inevitably fails. Any attempt to bridge the gap between man and God will ultimately fail, because Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“…but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.”(John 14:6)
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to to more than 500…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
Jesus Christ came to earth; he lived a sinless life; he was crucified and died to save us from our sins. He arose three days later alive, proving his power over death. He is the only acceptable sacrifice to God for our sinful lives. We can be made right with God and live the abundant life if we first accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord of our lives.
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Jesus speaking “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20)
We must receive Christ. We receive Christ through faith and believing in Him – we cannot do any works to earn God’s forgiveness or our place in heaven. We must each ask Jesus to come into our lives, forgive our sins and be our Lord. Then He can lead us to the abundant life God has planned for us.
Receiving this gift involves turning away from our selfish ways to follow God. We accept Christ based on faith – it is more than just agreeing that he exists or feeling emotion over what He has done for us. It is believing with all your heart that He will come and save us through his grace.
If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Savior, and your heart is willing, you can pray a prayer like this one to receive Christ:
“Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross to forgive me of my sins. I open my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and my Lord. Thank for your forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Please take control of my life and make into the person you want me to be.”
If you have prayed this prayer, we are so grateful to God to bring you close to Him through his son, Jesus Christ! You can feel free to share your decision with us and ask any questions by emailing us here.