It is no accident that you are here. God created YOU and loves YOU very much and desires for you to have a personal relationship with Him through his Son, Jesus. However, there is one thing that blocks this relationship: sin.
What is sin?
In Scripture, sin is described in many ways. In essence, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, bad thoughts, and also when we fail to do the right thing. Sin is anything bad that we do. The Bible tells us that “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us can avoid sin. Ever.
But I’m a good person!
People tend to divide themselves into groups: Good or Bad. However, God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. So, regardless of how good of a person you may be, you are still a sinner, due to the very fact that you are a human being. This includes you, me, your neighbor, you friend, your enemies… every human being that exists on the face of the planet. We are all sinners. There are no exceptions.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
– Romans 3:23
So, if the Bible tells us that we are all going to sin anyway, what’s the panic? Why not just live it up?
Unfortunately, our sins demand punishment: death and eternal separation from God in a very real place called hell. Since it is inevitable that all will sin and be separated from God, it may seem logical to simply “live it up” — live the “good life” during the here and now. But, remember, God loves YOU and desires a relationship with you. He does not want this (punishment for sin) to happen to anyone. Because of His immeasurable love for you, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for your sins. If you were the only human being He ever created, He would have sent His Son for YOU.
For God loved the world so much that sent His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
But, there are many ways to God, right?
In our global society, we are bombarded with different ways to God… and some of these ways sound pretty good. “If I just do more good things”… “If I don’t do this or that”… “If my good deeds outweigh by bad deeds”… “If I am a member of XYZ”… etc. There is only one way to God: that is through His precious Son, Jesus.
No one else love me. I am unlovable. What about that?
When you have experienced great disappointment, hardship, and betrayal, it is often difficult to understand how Jesus could love you when no other human being seems to love you. But there is awesome news: God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine — His love for you can’t be measured! There’s absolutely nothing you can do to make him stop loving you. Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God – but He loves YOU anyway!
God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8
What if I try really, really hard? What if I can be good enough?
It doesn’t matter how hard you try – you CANNOT be good enough. In order for you to come to God you must get rid of your sin problem. But no one – not me, not you, not the greatest person who ever lived – can do this because it is not humanly possible. You cannot make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins and He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but just because HE LOVES YOU!!
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.
– Titus 3:5
Maybe I should wait until I clean up my life a little bit first…
It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him just as you are.
So, there’s nothing I need to do? That sounds too easy.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing you can do to work your way to Heaven. There is nothing you can to to earn it. For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid… but you cannot do this. However, God has done this for you! God’s gift to you is His Son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross. It is a free gift from God, just because He loves you.
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.
– Ephesians 2:8-9
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 6:23
Jesus took care of all of my sin…everything bad that I have done?
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. After three days, Jesus rose from the grave…absolutely and positively ALIVE!! He took care of everything bad that has ever been done…or will be done. He died so that you and I do not have to.
Jesus provided the way for you to have a personal Relationship with God… the only way… because He paid the price for all sin.
I’m still reading. I’m intrigued.
If you have realized that sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately a Savior is needed, perhaps you are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. To admit that you are a sinner means turning away from your sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. Another word for this is repentance, or remorse for your past conduct. After that you need to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.
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.
– Romans 10:9-10
God promises that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you 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.
– John 3:16
I think I am ready.
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let’s review what this commitment involves:
- I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin.
- I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins.
- Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus.
- Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised.
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.
I don’t know how to talk to God!
Just talk to Him like you would a friend. He knows what you are thinking and knows your heart anyway… so, don’t be afraid… just talk to Him. There are no special words or phrase that you need to use. He understands. Honest. The WORDS below do not save you… Jesus saves you.
A suggested prayer may go something like this:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and deserve eternal separation from God… I do not deserve to go to Heaven. 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, please come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept Your free gift of eternal life.”
Now what do I do?
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, that is awesome beyond measure! We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. Please, please Contact Us so that we can rejoice with you in your decision.
It is important that you find a local church body of believers so that you can begin to grow in your walk with Jesus. Not all churches are the same, so I urge you to not take this consideration lightly. God has much to say to you through Scripture. If you do not have a copy of the Bible, please obtain a copy of a Bible, or use an online resource such as Bible Gateway. Our recommendation is to begin reading in the book of John (in the Bible), and then the Psalms. If you have any questions, contact your local church body, or feel free to contact us and we will guide you through the process and perhaps even help you to connect with a local church body.
So, everything will be wonderful in my life now, right?
Well, Jesus did not promise His followers that everything would be super-great for them when they followed Him. In fact, He promised them that they would have trials and tribulations BUT Jesus would be there every step of the way with them. He will never, ever, ever, EVER leave you. That is a promise that you can count on until the very end.
With Jesus, we have hope. With this hope, we can make it through this journey of life. Jesus is… awesome! He loves you, even when no one else does.
If you have any questions about this, please Contact Us and a member of the PFDRM Ministry team will be in contact with you — we are here to serve.
Lisa D and the PFRDM Ministry Team.