All of us have made mistakes. They are a fact of life. While many of our mistakes are seemingly innocent, they make us guilty of one thing; enemies of God; and yes, it’s just as scary as it sounds!
God is perfect, humanity is sinful, which creates a huge divide. Unless a person is perfect, he or she has missed the mark; therefore making that person a sinner. Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Since we have all broken God’s commandments, we therefore find ourselves in a perilous position. One might say, “Well, I’m not that bad! There are people who have sinned far worse than me!” That may be true, but God does not view things the same way that we do.
As a result of “missing the mark” of God’s expectations, we become responsible for the sins that we’ve committed. We are destined for eternal separation and damnation. Notice in Romans 6:23 “the wages of sin is death…” Thankfully, the scripture does not stop there! The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ! Amen
So what’s the catch? No catch, but a call… an invitation to make Jesus Lord of your life.
Jesus paid the price
Since we can never measure up to God’s standards on our own, God has made a way for us to get to know HIm. Jesus, Who is both God and Man (see Hebrews 2:5-18 and Colossians 2:9), came to earth in the form of a Man to give His life a ransom for us all, that those that put their trust in Him would escape the penalty of their sin and receive His reward for His obedience!
Jesus was crucified, buried, but in three days rose again with all power! This is why Jesus, and Jesus alone, was uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between a Holy God and sinful people. Jesus literally paid the price for us. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 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 everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” –John 3:16.
It’s Your Move
If a person acknowledges that he or she is a sinner, and repents for their sins, and receives the promise that Christ is the solution, they are confronted with a decision. Either the person must reject God’s solution and accept the consequences, or receive Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. The Bible says, “Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” –Acts 3:19.
To repent means to change your mind and change your direction. Maybe you’ve been running away from God. Now you need to run to Him and call out on His name, because, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” –Romans 10:13.
You can call out to Him in your own words, but here is a sample prayer to use if you can’t find the words: “Dear Jesus, I need You. Please forgive me of all my sins. I’m sorry for the things I’ve done. I believe in You and I put my trust in You completely and exclusively. Please save me.”
Did you ask Jesus to save you and mean it? If yes, then you’ve just made the most important decision you’ll ever make in this life! Your sins are all forgiven and you are now a part of the family of God!
Mark your decision
Every person in the book of Acts who put their faith in Christ was baptized by immersion in water… and we do the same. It’s a beautiful picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward experience. It’s also a great outward testimony of the decision that you’ve made! Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
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