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How Can I Have a Relationship with God?

 

Jesus said many powerful things, but one that ought to make us stop and look at ourselves is this, “What will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt 16:26).  In that one statement He was saying that the most important thing for us to consider is our soul.  If you spend your life to be a success in this world, and yet you lose your soul in eternity, you’ve lost what is most important.  Nothing, outside of God, is more valuable than the part of us that goes on for eternity.  Jesus told people that there are many people who are going to destruction, and few people on the road to life.

Two questions we should ask ourselves are:

[1] Have I come to the place in my spiritual life where I can say I know, for certain, where I will spend eternity? and
[2] If I was to appear before God, right now, and He asked me why He should let me into His heaven, what would I say? 

Take a minute right now and think about those questions.  Write down your answers.

Some people don’t feel anyone can know for certain where they’re going to spend eternity.  Yet, the encouraging news is that the Bible tells us, “These things I have written to you ... in order that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 Jn 5:13).

So how can I find life instead of destruction?  How can I know for certain I have eternal life?  Let’s look at four truths we need to understand.




[1] A truth about God-  When you think about God what comes to your mind?  You’d probably say things like all powerful, or He knows everything, and even that He is love.  But the crucial thing for us to recognize is that he’s our Creator.  He made us.  

The first truth we need to recognize is that God is our Creator.  The Psalmist recognized that, “Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who created us, and not we ourselves” (Ps 100:3).  If He is our creator and we are His creatures, it follows that we should live for Him, and that we should reflect Him in our lives.  We should follow His instructions for our life.  If He is loving, then we should reflect that to others.  If He is holy, then our lives ought to reflect that in holy living.



[2] But that brings us to a second truth, about Man, or us-  How is our record when it comes to living our lives for our Creator and reflecting His image?  The fact is we fail miserably at it.  If the word that describes God is that of “Creator,”  the word that honestly describes how we have lived is “Rebels.”  Whether we live with our fist in the air shouting words of open rebellion against God, or quietly refusing to live for 

Him, we are “Rebels" at heart.  We’ve broken His command over and over again.  The actual words the Bible uses are even more powerful.  It says we are “alienated” from God, “hostile in mind", “engaged in evil deeds” (Col 1:21).  When it says we are “ungodly", “sinners”, and “enemies” of God, we find out that we are not as wonderful as we like to think (Rom 5:6,8, 10).  In another place we’re told that “There is none righteous, not even one” (Rom 3:10).

That’s a terrible record.  Instead of living as His creatures, because of our rebellion against God we have made ourselves His enemies.

What’s the consequence of our rebellion?  Death, physical and spiritual.  We all physically die and we are all already spiritually dead.  Our relationship with God is broken.  It says in the Old Testament, “your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear” (Is 59:2).  The New Testament book of Romans reveals that the penalty of our sin is death (Rom 6:23).  

And it doesn’t matter how many good things we try to do.  Our sin is still there.  Imagine that you were drinking a cup of Coke and someone offered to refill it for you.  Suppose that on the way to refill it they decided to spit in your cup and then thought, “I’ll fill it up with a lot of Coke and the spit won’t matter, there will be a lot more Coke than there is spit.”  Would you drink that?  No.  The same is true of how God looks at us.  No matter how many good things we do, our sins pollute our lives and our sins still must be paid for.



[3] That brings us to the third truth, about Jesus Christ- The one word to remember about Jesus is “Substitute.”  While He came to earth to show us how to live, and to teach us, the primary purpose He had was to die on the cross in our place.  When He died it was as a Substitute for you and me.  God, who is infinitely righteous took the penalty of death we deserved for our sins: “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Pet 3:18).

With those things in mind, that God is our Creator and we’re to live for Him, that we have instead lived as Rebels and are under His judgment for our sins, and that Jesus came to die in our place as our Substitute, the last truth is this...




[4] Our Response-  God calls us to Turn and Trust.  Turn means that we give up our lives living as Rebels.  This is what the Bible calls repentance.  It’s to turn away from our sins and choose to now live for our Creator.  This is very practical.  If I’m living an immoral life, God calls me to turn from that.  We need to ask ourselves if we are willing to turn from whatever our sins are to live for Him.  That doesn’t mean we now live a perfect, sinless, life.  It does mean that we have chosen to follow Him, even if we fall on our face many times along the way.

Trust means that we recognize Jesus died in our place to pay the price of all our sins and we trust His death and resurrection to be the FULL PAYMENT and proof of our sins being paid for.  Many people have grown up thinking the way to heaven is to be good enough.  That’s impossible.  Remember the spit in the cup of Coke?  The Bible is crystal clear that our works won’t save us.  Only God giving forgiveness as a gift received by faith:  “by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Eph 2:8,9).

That is incredible news, right?  Listen to these verses:

    

  • “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8)

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16)

  • “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (Jn 1:12)




 

Do you want to Turn and Trust?  You need to turn and trust, to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  If you genuinely understand these truths and desire to seek God, you probably already have the words to cry out to God to forgive you and make you His child. Why not cry out to Him in prayer right now?



If you have any questions, or would like help in growing in this relationship, please call our church office (630-668-4647).

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