You’re closer than you realize to knowing God and having a real relationship with him. Sound crazy? It’s easy to look around us at the problems in the world, and at our own internal mess, and decide that if there is a God out there, he’s probably not interested in you. Nothing could be further from the truth.
God is real, is active in our world, and wants you to know him. So what’s the real hurdle to this new relationship?
It might be painful to admit it, but deep down, as much as we would like to think of ourselves as generally good, we know that our first inclination is for our own interests, our pleasure, and our priorities. But we’re tired of trying to find meaning in meaningless things, tired of being dependent on others for our worth. We know there has to be a better way to go through this life .
At our very core, even closer to the soul than we can fathom, we have this sense of what is right and wrong. We know what fairness looks like, and we know the sting of injustice. You’ve probably felt a nudge towards doing good at times when you know it would be in your best interests to do otherwise . Where does this innate sense of right and wrong come from? This belief that there’s just something more out there?
This voice comes from God. We were made to have this yearning for him. He’s been with you every step of the way, since before your first step. He offers us hope for something better in this life, and hope for life beyond death for those who trust him.
The amazing thing about a journey toward knowing God is that he already knows you, loves you, and has been working in your soul since before you were born. God wants to literally re-make you into a new person.
God is waiting for you to invite him to transform your heart, mind, and soul. He wants you to be made new.
Starting the Journey
Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
If you trust that God really can take away your sin and erase all your past history. He promises to guide you through life’s challenges and enable you to live a pure, holy life: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
We can’t earn this salvation; there is nothing we can do by our own power to deserve it. We are saved by God’s grace simply when we have faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is acknowledge that you are a sinner, that Jesus died to cleanse you of your sins, and ask His forgiveness. He already knows you and loves you beyond what you can imagine! He is ready to extend forgiveness that will release you from your burdens. Are you ready?
Praying to an unseen God can be intimidating at first. Eventually, it will feel as natural as breathing. Start by simply talking to him. This prayer is the beginning of accepting the wonderful gift of salvation in Jesus Christ:
“Jesus Christ, I know I have messed up in my life. I have sinned, and that has created a barrier between you and me. I need your forgiveness. I know I can’t do it on my own. I want to turn away from everything that I know is wrong. Right now, I choose to trust in you. I choose to accept your free gift of eternal life, and I believe that your sacrificial death freed me from this sin-baggage I have carried for so long. Please come into my life, renew me, love me, and stay with me forever.
Thank you, Jesus. Amen.”
When you welcome God in, he in turn will give himself fully to you, no strings attached. It is because of Jesus Christ’s act of utter selflessness, when he made the ultimate sacrifice for us, that we are able to have this kind of authentic relationship with him.
Did you pray this prayer?
If yes – welcome to the family of God! We are excited that you made a commitment to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is the most important day of your life!
We’d encourage you to make a second decision now. We want to pray for you and help you grow in your relationship with Christ. Please take a moment to email us so we can celebrate your new commitment together!
Still have questions? I would like to encourage you to go further in your quest to know Christ. If you have a question, please email us so we can respond to you.