Bridge to God

Have you ever wondered, "Is this all there is to life?" Maybe you've heard people talk about "eternal life" or "abundant life" and wondered, how can I experience it? Ultimately it comes back to the issue of connection to God.

Unfortunately, the original connection that was established when God created the very first human beings was later broken because of their disobedience to God, which is called sin. It remains broken for every person because the Bible says that "all of us have sinned" and that our sins are what separate us from God. This separation keeps us from living life at its very best, the way God originally intended it, through a vital, personal relationship with Him.

Again and again people have tried to bridge the gap between them and God by doing good things or trying to live a good life. But a question that always surfaces is, How good is good enough? Many people have even sought to connect with God through religious rituals. But a question that comes up here is, Since there are so many to choose from what are the right rituals? The answers to these questions are a bad news/good news response.

The bad news is that there is no "good enough" where connection with God is concerned. He demands perfection when it comes to re-establishing the connection that was broken between Him and humanity through sin. And He's not interested in our rituals, which people can carry out mindlessly without any effect on their lives.

The good news is that God doesn't leave us helpless in our "dis-connection." He took the initiative to bridge the gap that existed between us and Him. He did this through His Son Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died a horrible death on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and after three days was brought back to life again by God. Unlike all other religions, which focus on things people have to do, Christianity focuses on what Christ has done.

Because of what Jesus Christ has done you can connect with God and experience the very best life possible. But this life only comes through faith: believing what God has said about your problem (sin), trusting in what Christ has done to correct that problem, asking God to take control of your life so you can experience life at its very best. In doing these three things you will begin the journey into real life that God offers; the life that begins here and now and continues throughout eternity.

How can you receive this life?

Acknowledge to God that you've sinned, that only He can take care of your sin problem, and that you don't want to follow your old ways any longer.

Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sin and was raised again from death so you could have the very best life possible.

Claim God as the Master (Lord) of your life. To receive this incredible gift, all you have to do is talk to God in prayer. Say something similar to these words (but believe them as you say them): God, I am a sinner and in need of your forgiveness. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I repent of my sins and place my faith in your sacrifice.  I accept your gift of forgiveness and life. Amen.

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