This blog is about sharing my faith. About what living a life with God is about, so what kind of example would I be if I didn’t at least have somewhere on this blog telling how you can have that life also.
I love my church, but my church isn’t what it is all about. My religion is not what it is all about. My relationship with Jesus Christ is what I want my life to center around. When people look at my life, I hope they see something different, something they want a part of. Does that mean that I have it all together? That I read my Bible every day? That I pray constantly? That I never slip in what I say, or do, or think? That I don’t struggle with sin? That I am perfect? Far from it, that is one of the things about God. The closer you get to him the more you realize how far you really are.
We are all searching to fill a void in our lives. Some fill it with substance abuse, some fill it with things, some fill it with adoration and approval from others, some fill it with power, some fill it with relationships. What ever you are using to try to fill that void, it won’t last, it will always run out, it will always disappoint. But God never disappoints. If you recognize that void, and you are looking for what will fill it read the following verses.
Romans 3:23 “For EVERYONE has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Just like on a sports team there are cuts, and some players don’t make it? In this thing called life, we are all cut, on our own power none of us make it.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the FREE gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” The verse before establishes that we are all sinners. The price to pay for our sin is death. But, instead of death, God offers us eternity with him. He makes us that free offer, because of his son Jesus, who died on the cross to pay the penality for our sins. To cancel out our debt of sin and death.
Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” God didn’t send his son to die for us after we got our act together, after we had shaped up, got on the right track. His son, Jesus, died on the cross for us, so God could reach down at our lowest point and pick us up. You don’t have to have your life together to come to Christ, in fact I thing maybe he prefers when we come in our broken state.
Romans 10:13 “For EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Notice this says everyone who calls, everyone includes you. All who ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins past, present and future, will be saved. Saved, that is a big churchy word. What does it mean? It means to be saved from an eternal life in hell, but it also means to be saved from a life that is chained to sin. It means to be free from whatever sin shakels you, whatever you are trying to fill that void with. It means to be free from anything that separates you from the love of Christ.
Romans 10:9-10 “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” What does that mean? Simply, if you believe in your heart that God sent his son to die on the cross, and raised him from the dead for your sins, you will be saved. Believe that and openly confess it.
If you believe that repeat the following prayer.
God, I know I am a sinner. I ask for your forgiveness. I know that you sent your son to die on the cross for my sins, and that you raised him from the dead. Because he died and rose again I can spend eternity in heaven with you. I ask you to be the center, and leader of my life. Amen.
If you did that congratulations, please let me know. Or please get in touch with someone you know to be walking in faith, or a local church. Someone who can help you grow in your walk with God.