Interested in a Relationship With God?

At its core Christianity is not a religion but a relationship;
It’s a relationship with God.

If your religion has left you feeling distant from God there is a reason. A religion seeks to establish a relationship with God though obedience to the religion’s laws or participation in the religion’s rituals. The burden falls on the individual to make himself/herself right with God. The problem with religion is this: we can never be sure we have done enough to be right with God. But the central truth of Christianity is that God took the initiative to establish a relationship with us.He did this through Jesus Christ.

Let’s take a look at four basic Bible verses, taken in their proper context and stripped away of religion, to see exactly how God has reached out to us.

1. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
“Sinned” means that we have missed the mark. When we lie, hate, lust, or gossip we have missed the standard God has set.

Suppose you and I were each to throw a rock and try to hit the North Pole. You might throw it farther than me, but neither of us would hit it. As hard as we would try we wouldn’t do it. When the Bible says “all have sinned and fall short” it means that we have come short of God’s standard of perfection. In thoughts, words, and deeds we have not been perfect.

2. “For the wages of sin is death.” – Romans 6:23
Suppose that you worked for me and I paid you $500. That $500 was your wages. That’s what you earned.

God’s word tells us that by sinning we have earned death. That means that when
we die we have earned or deserve separation from God forever.

But, since there was no way we could come to God, God decided to come to us!

3. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
Suppose you are in a hospital dying of cancer. And I come to you and take the cancercells from your body and put them into mine. If that was the only way to save you, and it was possible, you would live and I would die in your place.

Christ took the penalty for sin that we earned and deserved, and placed it upon
Himself; He died in our place. Three days later Jesus Christ came back to life to prove that sin and death had been conquered and that His claims to be God were true.

4. “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
Faith means trust. What must you trust Christ for? You must depend on Him
alone to forgive you and give you eternal life in heaven.
Just as you must trust a chair to hold you through no effort of your own, so you must trust Jesus Christ to get you to heaven through no effort of your own.

If you have a desire to have a real relationship with God and know for sure you are going to heaven, trust in Jesus Christ alone and God will give you eternal life as a gift. If you would like, you can pray right now and tell God you are trusting in His Son. Remember! It is not a prayer that saves you. It is trusting Jesus Christ that saves you. Prayer is simply how you tell God you are trusting in Christ as Savior.

Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner. I know that my sin deserves Your judgment. I believe    Jesus Christ died for me and rose from the grave. I trust in Christ alone as my Savior.

Thank You for the forgiveness and everlasting life I now have. In Jesus name, amen.

Jesus Christ Himself summed up all of this with these comforting words:

“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17

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