In order to have a relationship with God, there are four things you must believe and one thing you must do.
You must believe that God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you and desires to have a relationship with you. He desires for you to spend eternity with Him. But there is something that makes that impossible. That brings us to the second thing you must believe.
You must believe that you have sinned against God. Sin are those things we do that displease God and go against His holy nature. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sin is not a trivial matter. God takes sin very seriously.
In fact, you must believe that sin separates you from God. Though God loves you, He cannot allow anything that is unholy near Him. Sin makes us unholy. Because of sin the only thing that we deserve from God is His wrath. A lot of people do not like to think about the wrath of God, but the Bible speaks a lot about it. In fact, Jesus who spoke a great deal about God’s love and demonstrated His love as no one else also spoke about hell more than anyone else in the Bible. Ephesians 2:3 says, “We too all previously lived among them in fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.”
However, it is not all bad news. There is good news, what the Bible calls the Gospel. Ephesians 2:3 is followed by Ephesians 2:4-5, which says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” God made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the live. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” That brings us to the last thing you must believe.
You must believe that Jesus died for your sins, making the way for you to have a relationship with God. Notice above that Jesus did not say that He is a way to the Father. He is the way. There is not other way. Jesus took God’s wrath in our place. He suffered the penalty for sin in our place when He died on the Cross. Romans 5:6-10 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person–thought for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!” God did not leave Jesus in the grave. God raised Him to life again. Because of His resurrection, we know that He has made a way for us to have a relationship with God. And that brings us at last to the one thing you must do.
You must make a turn. You must turn away from your sin and turn to Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The Bible calls turning away from sin “repentance.” Jesus said that we must repent several different times. For example, He said in Luke 13:3, “…unless you repent, you will all perish as well!” When you repent, you look at your sin for what it is, you feel remorse and sorrow for it, and you decide to go a different direction in life. However, you must have faith that there is a new direction to go. So when you turn from your sin, you must turn to Jesus with faith that He has made the way. The Bible calls repentance and faith together, “conversion.” In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, “…unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
If you are ready to turn from sin and to Jesus, you can tell God through prayer. If you do so or have questions, please feel free to contact me at jacksonrandy0527 at yahoo dot com. I will be glad to try to answer your questions or to help you find a church near where you live that might can help you.