What Does It Mean To Be A Christian ?
People try many different things to be happy. For some happiness means going through life always having the finest material things, wearing designer clothing, having expensive houses, cars, etc. Others like to have prestige and power so that others look up to them. For others still, it could be many different other things. None of these things are bad in themselves, but REAL happiness comes from understanding your purpose in life.
Why are we really here?
God made each one of us because He loved us. He created us so that we could have a personal relationship with Him. There is a void in each of us that only He can fill. We will never be able to fill it with material things, money, prestige, power or anything else that is of this world.
Jeremiah 31: 3 – “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” KJV
Ephesians 1: 4 – 5 – “Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be His through our union with Christ … because of His love. God had already decided that through Jesus Christ He would make us His children – this was God’s pleasure and purpose.” GN
When we seek God and love Him with all our hearts, we live in harmony with His purpose for our lives. Because He loves us so much and only wants the best for us, our lives can be much better than anything we have ever known before. We can have a peace as we go through a time of turmoil or trouble in our lives that only God is able to give. He goes with us as we encounter different things in our lives, and helps us to get through them victoriously. There is no other person or thing in this world that can do that.
Why are so many people so unhappy?
Man has a natural desire to live selfishly and do his own thing. So many people feel that it’s their life and they can do whatever they please with it. Or some go by the saying “If it feels good, do it” no matter what God’s Word says about the matter. The Bible tells us that this attitude is foolish.
Isaiah 53: 6 – All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, and each of us has turned to his own way.
I John 1: 8 – If we say that we never sin, we are only fooling ourselves, and refuse to accept the truth.
Romans 3: 23 – For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
When our relationship with God is not right, then there are problems in every other area of our lives – marriage, career, relationships, finances, etc.
Many times when we have huge problems, we try everything else we can think of before we will turn to God to help us. If we could just understand how much He loves us and desires to bless us, then He would be the very first one we went to.
Also, many people think that they can get to heaven because their mother was a Christian, or they were just a good moral person.
What is the answer to my problem?
John 14: 6 – Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus came to earth in the form of man and lived just as we live. He knows all of our emotions, feelings, etc., because He experienced them as a human being. He is the one and only way that we can reach God. Jesus is our intercessor to the Father because He knows exactly how we feel. He knows how much God loves us and always wants the VERY BEST for each of our lives. Jesus has already taken care of our SIN problem
Romans 6: 23 – The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5: 8 – God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still separated from God by sin, Christ died for us.
God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. Now it is up to each person individually to accept what He has already done for us.
What is the next step?
God wants each person to turn away from their sins and turn to Him.
Acts 3: 19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…
Believe that Jesus is God’s Son, that He died on the cross in your place, and that He rose from the dead.
Romans 10: 9 – If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Acts 4: 12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name by which we must be saved.
Accept God’s free gift of salvation by asking Jesus to come into your heart and life. He has already done the only thing for us that can restore us to God – there is nothing that we can do on our own merit.
John 1: 12 – Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Allow Jesus Christ to take control of your life as your Lord and Savior.
Colossians 3: 10 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
You can give your life to Christ by praying the following simple prayer to God:
Thanks for making me, and for loving me! I know that I have sinned and need your forgiveness. I know that Jesus is God’s Son and that He died on the cross in my place. Please forgive me for going my own selfish way. I want to turn away from my sin and turn to you to lead me in the right way to go. Please forgive me of all my sin and come into my life. I want to trust you completely as my Savior and commit to follow you as my one true God. Please change my life and make me new inside. I ask all this in the name of Jesus. Amen
Romans 10: 13 – Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
If you prayed the prayer above, please contact our church and let us know. We would love to talk with you and send you some helpful information that can assist you in growing in Christ.