JESUS SAID, ”I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE AND NO MAN COMETH TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME”.
It was no accident that you have visited this site today. It could be you’ve been searching for answers for your own life, including the answer to life’s most important question: “If I were to die today where would I spend eternity?” The answer to that question depends on how we relate to God. The only way we can ever relate to God is through his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life and no one cometh to the Father but by me” (John 14-6). In other words there is no relationship with God outside of Jesus.
I am impressed by the growing number of star athletes who are seeking a relationship with God.
The 2008 winner of the coveted Heisman Trophy, Sam Bradford, is one of the latest. Sam is quarterback for the University of Oklahoma and is the youngest winner ever. There have been only 74 winners of the trophy since its inception in 1935 out of the hundreds of thousands who have played college football. To win the Heisman trophy means that a player has to be the best of the best. However Sam said, “I don’t want to be identified only by the Heisman trophy but by my relationship with God”. He goes on to say: “why would anyone not want a relationship with God?”
Tim Teabow, pictured at the left, is another example of of a great athlete who loves the Lord and serves Him.
Perhaps you are like I was, a long way from having any relationship with God. Perhaps, as I was, you are uncertain about the meaning and purpose of life and eternity. I can assure you that there is great hope, wherever you may be in your present life. Once we set a new foundation through Christ, a new adventure begins that lasts the rest of our lives and includes having a new found purpose that far exceeds anything we’ve known before.
The choice is yours. If you want to continue from here,I want to share the way that I believe is the only reliable road map to an eternal relationship with God. Are you ready?
Here are the steps by which we are reconciled to God. We must be careful not to omit any for each is essential in the process of reconciliation.
Our condition:First, we must understand that we are separated from God. This is an inherited condition from birth. The Bible is clear on this: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The bible also says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23). Death means separation, thus our sins separated us from birth from any relationship with God. Therefore, the very first thing that we must acknowledge is that we are lost and our sins have alienated from God and we need a redeemer, Christ the Lord, and only then can we come to the point of reconciliation.
God’s remedy: Second, we must understand clearly who Jesus is and what he did for us. First of all Jesus is the son of God equal to the Father and is far more than a rabbi (teacher), a prophet or just a good person. He was virgin born; he lived a life completely free from sin; he was crucified and was buried and rose again on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Second of all he paid in full the penalty for our sins, He is our redeemer who reconciles us to the Father . Jesus died for us on the cross: “Christ also hath once suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3-18). Because of our sin, there is a great gulf fixed between us and God and we can’t cross it on our own. We can never be good enough; we can never buy our way through charitable giving, neither is there any other way. Jesus is the only way(John 14-6). It is only by his cross that we are able to span the gulf that separates us from God.
Jesus is the only remedy for our sin, had there been an easier or better way, God would not have sacrificed his son. The penalty for sin is great therefore the price was great; it required the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to meet God’s requirement for reconciliation.
Our resonsibility: The only response on our part that will be acceptable to God is to repent and trust in Jesus as savior.
I said earlier that each step in the process of reconciliation is vital and must not be omitted. Personal repentance is absolutely necessary. The word from whence our word “repentance” comes is a military word which means about face and that is a clear definition of what repentance is: it is a willingness on our part to turn away from our former sinful life and turn to Christ to follow his new way. It is to be sorry for our past sins and to desire God’s forgivness and to make a complete and permanent change in the way we live.
Experiences differ when we come to this commitment in life. Some will feel a sense of cleansing for a lifetme of sins while others may feel a peace that passeth all understanding, the like of which they never experienced before. Regardless of what we may feel or not feel, it is certain that when we repent that God does forgive us and receive us as his own. While feelings may be important, we need to remember that salvation is based on God’s promise and nothing more.
A personal relationship with the Lord happens when we repent of our sins (turn from our sins) and trust in Jesus and believe he died for our sins, paying the penality for us, and was buried and rose from the grave. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of ourselves; it is the gift of God : Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8). GRACE is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. This is how we become the children of God as we read in John’s gospel: “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:
* Does what you have read make sense to you?
* Is there reason why you should not receive the gift of eternal life?
* Are you willing to turn from your sins and trust in Jesus right now?
The Bible says that,” Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
Read the prayer below and see if this is what you would like to say to God. Remember that it is not a prayer that saves but it is our faith and trust in him as savior that reconciles us to God. “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). The prayer confirms what we already believe in our heart.
“Jesus, I repent of my sins and trust in you with all of my heart to come into my life and to be my savior and to forgive me of my sins. Thank you for dying on the cross in my place. I believe that you are the son of God and I want to commit my life to follow you forever”.
Did you sincerely pray this prayer? If so, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. You have just made the greatest decision of your life. According to God’s promises and the desire of your heart, you can be sure that God has saved you and that you will spend eternity with him in heaven.
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