Knowing Jesus

Have you ever sensed something was missing in your life? You have all you’ve ever wanted—a wonderful family, a beautiful home, a successful career. Yet inside you feel an emptiness you can never seem to escape. Or maybe you’re at your lowest point and the only place to look is up … but you have no idea who to look up to. Nothing has ever gone right in your life, so you figure you’ll just be broken forever.

The reality is we were created for a relationship with Jesus Christ. And He is the only person who will ever fill the hollow places in our hearts. God created us to know Him intimately, as a best friend (John 15:15). But when Eve took a bite from the apple and sin entered the world, it marred God’s plan and separated us from Him forever. Instead of living intimately connected to God, we decided to follow our own selfish ways.

Thankfully God loves us with an everlasting love, and through Jesus’ death on the cross, He’s made a way for us to know Him. God waits patiently for us to trust Him with our lives because He doesn’t want us to perish in our sin (2 Peter 3:9).

Our salvation never depends on what we do; it depends solely on what’s been done.

We don’t have to wait until we get our acts together to come to Jesus. He beckons us to come just as we are so He can place crowns of beauty on our heads instead of ashes (Isaiah 61:3). He desires to separate our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). He longs to make us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

Through His death on the cross, Jesus paid the price in full for the sins of the entire world (John 3:16).

Are you willing to receive the free gift of eternal life that Jesus offers?

First, acknowledge you are a sinner in need of God’s mercy.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Admit to Jesus you’ve lived your life without Him. Confess to Him you’ve sinned against Him by doing things you knew were wrong.

Second, believe God made a way for you to have a relationship with Him through Jesus’ death on the cross.

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Realize that since we’re all sinners, we deserve death. But Jesus Christ came to Earth to be the payment for our sins so that we might live forever with Him in heaven. This is a free gift that we can’t earn by being good people or attending church on Sundays. If we could somehow earn our salvation, Jesus’ death on the cross would not have been necessary.

Third, trust Jesus as your Savior and surrender to Him as your Lord.

Romans 10:9 says, 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.”

God hears the cries of His children. Pray to God right now and acknowledge your need for Him. Tell him exactly how you’re feeling, admitting your brokenness. Confess to Him that you have fallen short of His glory because of the sin in your life. Admit that there is nothing you could ever do to earn your salvation. Tell Him you believe He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins so that you can live forever with Him in heaven. Thank God for His free gift of eternal life.

Fourth, bask in the joy of your salvation.

God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). The moment you are saved you receive the Holy Spirit, who is your counselor, comforter, and helper. The Holy Spirit steers your life and guides you into truth.

John 16:13 says, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”

Because of the Holy Spirit’s power, we can live free from sin and become a new creation in Christ. Trusting Jesus transforms our lives. As we surrender our lives to Him, we begin to look more like Him and less like ourselves. There’s a visible difference in how our lives look before and after we meet Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”

Fifth, connect with the body of Christ.

God never designed us to live our Christian lives Lone Ranger style. In fact, He warns us to never give up the habit of meeting together.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…”

God knows we need each other to function properly. He created us with unique talents and gifts. It’s only when we work together that we’re effective.

1 Corinthians 12:14-18 says, “Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, ‘I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,’ that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.”

If you’ve made a decision to trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we’d love to rejoice with you! Please fill out the contact form below.

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