We matter to God. He made us, and He wants to have a relationship with us.
""For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
Down deep inside we all know that we are to love and obey God, our creator.
But, like rebellious children, we choose to disobey. Our sinful nature and actions have separated us from Him,
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory (beautiful truth) of God.
Most of us are aware of our distance from God
And so we start doing all kinds of things to try to get back to Him, like being a helpful neighbor, paying our taxes, going to church, and giving money to charities. These are all good things, but the Bible makes it clear that none of them can earn us God's forgiveness or re-establish our relationship with Him. Furthermore, the sins we've committed must be punished, and the penalty we owe is death, which means both physical death as well as spiritual separation from God for eternity, in a place called hell.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
The good news, as was referred to earlier, is that we matter to God.
In fact, He loves us so much that He did for us what we could never do for ourselves.
He provided a bridge over which we can find His forgiveness and restore our relationship with Him.
He built it by coming to earth as one of us, and dying on the cross to pay the death penalty we owed.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Think of yourself as standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
God is on the other side. We are not even remotely able to jump across to Him. Our sins weigh us down. Our good deeds are inadequate. But God, in His great love has provided a bridge. The bridge is the cross of Jesus Christ. He died for us so we do not need to suffer eternal separation from God. He paid the debt we could never pay. And that's what God want each of us to understand. But it's not enough to just know about this or even agree with it. We must act upon it. God wants us to cross the bridge.
We can move to the other side by...
Humbly admitting to God that we've rebelled against Him and need His forgiveness and leadership.
Giving ourselves to Him, to know Him, love Him, and serve Him.
Asking Him to come into our hearts and make us His.
That simple act of trust and obedience results in our sins being pardoned and our debt being paid.
Our relationship with God is firmly established, because we're immediately adopted into His family as His son or daughter.
"because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."
Do you have questions about faith in Jesus?
We would be more than happy to do our best to answer your questions to the best of our ability in an honest and clear way.
Please use our Contact Us page to get in touch. Can't wait to hear from you!