Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Get Personal With God

Get Personal With GodFirst Step: Admit our lost condition. We all come into this world physically alive but spiritually dead. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ is the One who said that He didn't come into this world to help good people, but "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).

Second Step: Learn what God has done for us. The good news of Jesus Christ is that God Himself loved us enough to send His own Son into this world to rescue us from our sin (John 1:1-4; 3:16). To solve the problems of our lost relationship with His Father, Jesus died in our place, offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice to pay the price of sin. Because He was not only man but God as well (John 1:1-14), His death was of infinite value. When He rose from the dead, He proved that He had paid the price of all sin - past, present, and future.

Third Step: Personally believe and receive God's gift. No one can earn a relationship with God. It is a gift of His mercy. "By grace you have been saved through faith, ... it is the gift of God, not of works" (Ephesians 2:8-9). We must be able to say, "Father, I know I have sinned against You. I believe that Jesus is Your Son, that He died for my sins, and that He rose from the dead to prove it. I accept Your offer of salvation and eternal life." If this is the honest expression of your heart, welcome to God's family!

adapted from What Is A Personal Relationship With God? Copyright 2001 RBC Ministries

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