Do you know who Jesus really is?
If you’re reading this, you might be
wondering what this salvation business is all about. What does being a
Christian mean? Who is a child of God? We hear so many things that it is
hard to get a handle on what people are saying.
So let us look at what God is saying, not what people think he is saying, just read what he says and forget everything else that you were told. God said that he so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son to die for our sins. So what does that mean? If Jesus died for everyone, then why do we have to be a Christian or why do we have to do anything? Shouldn’t everybody just go to heaven? Shouldn’t that be the end of it?
Ok the first thing you need to know is that God will not force you to do anything. We know religion tells you that you better not do this or God will get you for that. Even on TV you see times when someone says something wrong and then the loud sound of thunder and lightning goes off, signifying that they better watch it or they will be in big trouble. Right?
Well just think back on all the times you said something wrong or did something wrong and you knew you did and didn’t care. Did you ever hear thunder or lightning? Did the ceiling fall down on you? No! Why? Because that is all nonsense. That is not the way God is. God gave man a free will. He is not going to make you do anything.
Lets stop right here and explain what the word man means in the bible. It is talking about the species of man, not man is good and woman is second class. No, no it is talking about mankind. So if you are a woman and read the word man in the bible, then you can say, hey that is talking to me. Ok, Are we straight on that?
The free will that God gave to man means He always gives you a choice. It is very important to God that, you choose Him or come to Him or believe Him, of your own free will. Now I am sure you have heard that, God is love. Right? And now you know that God wants you to choose him readily of your own free will. So let me ask you this. Why, in the world, would God or anybody do all those horrible things that religion says he does and expects you to choose him, of your own free will.
If God loves you so much that he found a way to wipe out your sins, then someone with that kind of love would only want to do good things for you. Wouldn’t He?
God is not out to get you, if He was he would have all ready gotten you. He is God almighty, He is all powerful, He could have gotten you in a split second. But he didn’t, did He? No and he is not going to either. Sure God is going to tell you the better way to do it like any parent that wants to keep his kid from getting hit by a truck. But that is not bad, is it?
Wouldn’t you want someone who loves you to warn you of impending danger? That is all He does and then gives you the choice. Do you trust him or don’t you. Do you think he loves you enough to tell you the truth or is he just trying to manipulate you? That is a question you can only answer as you get to know that person. Right? Not just from hearing stories about someone from other people. That might be getting it form someone else too. Then what? Both of you got the wrong information.
That is the way God is too. He doesn’t expect you to listen to him like a dictator. He would like for you to get to know him and then you can decide what he is all about. He created you as an individual with likes and dislikes not a machine. You now have the opportunity to meet him and get to know him.
Ok, so now you know that even though he fixed the problem of sin. He still wants you to make that choice. Yes it is a free gift, but you can take any gift and throw it on the floor, can't you? Do you really have that gift then? No you threw it away. Then there are times when someone gives you a gift and you say, oh gee I can't take that, that is too nice, I don’t deserve that. Or how about. I just can't accept that from you, it is far too expense and I am not worthy of that nice of a gift. Right? Did you ever feel that way?
That is what some people do with this gift from God. They don’t accept it and so they don’t have it. They wait till they have straighten up and are more worthy of it. Well… man God is not asking you if you deserve it or are worthy of it, he loves you and just wants you to have it. You CAN'T earn it.
There are no conditions to it. God just thinks you would look good with a new set of clothes, get rid of all that sin and guilt. He thinks you would like to spend eternity in heaven. Why do you think Jesus died that horrible death, so that you could spend forever in hell? Of course not. He wouldn’t have to go through all that, cause you were going to hell by yourself. He could have saved the trip, but He doesn’t want you to go to hell.
Jesus said, I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly. He sacrificed everything he had so you wouldn’t have to go, but now it’s up to you. Does that sound like a mean religious God to you? Forget about all the things you have done. I don’t care if you’re a serial killer sitting in jail reading this. It doesn’t matter. Jesus never told one person that they better straighten their act up or else. And think about this , there isn't one person in Hell because they're and thief, or a murderer, or any other sin you can think of. They are in Hell because they didn't believe and confess Jesus as their Savior.
He came to give you one thing that was to give you a choice. Jesus said if any man comes to me, I will in no way cast him out. Jesus is holding out his hand to you right now, will you take it? You will be so glad you did. That is all there is to it. You will then be able to now start your abundant life too.
You are very precious to God, He want you to know him. Pray this prayer with me.
Jesus I believe you died for MY sins. I believe you rose from the dead and are seated at the right hand of God the father. I am truly sorry for all the things that I have done. I thank you for loving me, even before I knew you. I do not wish to be lead by Satan any longer. I make you Jesus… the Lord of my life, come into my heart. Fill me to overflowing with your Holy Spirit. I now believe I have been born again into the family of God. I will thank you and praise you all the days of my life.
Congratulations you made it to heaven. It is so great to know Jesus. Praise God it is an exciting time for you.