A decision to follow Jesus Christ is probably the most important decision you'll ever make. It's also a decision that will transform your life!
Throughout history mankind has pursued the hope of defining eternity and
wondered at the idea of having a relationship with a supernatural God.
"Why would He want to have a relationship with me?"
One simple word: love
God loved you so much that He created you so that you might have a
relationship with Him. John 3:16 tells us "God so loved the world that he gave
his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have
"Okay, so God wants to have a relationship with me… if that's the case why
do I feel so alone and distant from Him?"
One three letter word: sin
Sin is what separates us from God. It isolates us and puts a wall between us
and God. Sin is really rebellion against God. It's something in our very nature
that causes us to choose to do our own thing rather than choosing to do things
The fact is nobody is perfect. Romans 3:23 tells us that, "all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God." In fact sin is responsible for both our
physical and spiritual death. Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death, but
the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
"If sin separates me from God how do I get reconnected?"
It's all about forgiveness
If sin separates, forgiveness reconnects. The reality is that
there's not one of us that could do enough good things to reconnect with God.
Remember sin is something that changed the essence of who we are. So in order to
reconnect with God it would take something or someone who hasn't sinned to help
us reconnect. And that's exactly what Jesus, God's Son, did.
1 Peter 3:18 tells us "Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once
for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners that he might bring us
safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the
So how do you reconnect with God? Simple, recognize that Jesus died on a
cross so that you could be forgiven for all your sins - past, present and
future. There's just one thing you have to do. Ask Jesus to forgive you.
Pray this simple prayer and begin a relationship with God…
"God, I admit that I'm a sinner. I believe that You sent Jesus, who died
on the cross and rose from the dead paying the penalty for my sins. I am asking
that You forgive me of my sin and I receive Your gift of eternal life. It is in
Jesus' name that I ask for this gift. Amen!"
"So I've asked Jesus to forgive me, now what?"
That one simple step is the beginning of a real
relationship with God. Now that you've started talking with Him don't stop… tell
Him how you're feeling, ask Him for His help, tell Him how you want to get to
know Him more.
Asking Jesus to forgive you isn't just a question about avoiding Hell and
getting into heaven… it's all about the relationship. Remember where we started,
"why would God want to have a relationship with me?" Because He loves you, He
wants you to get to know Him; He's got a lot of great things in store.
There are a few other things that you should do if you're really serious
about having a relationship with God. If you've just asked Jesus to forgive
- You should tell someone, find a group of people who are discovering God and
developing a relationship with Him, perhaps a small group of people who have
just made a decision like you. Click here if you'd like to find a group of people just like you.
- Read God's book, the Bible. It's filled with a whole lot of answers to
- You should also find a good church. Church is really nothing more than God's
family. Church is a community of people who meet together to discover more about
God, experience His presence and celebrate Him. If you're in the
Portland/Vancouver Metro Area, and are looking for a good church or have
questions about church we would love to help you. Click here to let us know how we can help.
If you made a decision today to begin a new life through a relationship with
God and live in the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area, we would
love to know and help you with your new life. Perhaps you have some questions,
perhaps you're wondering where you go from here. We would love to help you. Let us