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Made to know a father
We were made to be children of a loving father. Unfortunately, many never had that experience growing up in a human family, instead knowing rejection or at best tolerance. But God gave us families so that we might yearn for the Father-relationship He wants to have with each of us.

Separated by sin
The reason we don't have an automatic relationship with God as Father is because of our sin. We are separated by an infinite gulf from a perfectly holy and righteous God, so He seems like a stranger, perhaps even like an enemy. Although His children by creation, like the Biblical prodigal son (Luke 15), we have all wandered far from God to a far country, seeking to feed our souls with the things the world says will satisfy. But, also like that wandering son, we have found that the things the world offers don't satisfy the soul.

Like any loving father...
But God, like any loving father, wasn't willing to allow this chasm to separate Him from His created beings. He knew that we could never wash ourselves clean from the stain of sin, so He did an unbelievable thing. He sent His Son to  become one of us, taking on the body of a man, yet without sin - the God-man, Jesus Christ. Although it is impossible for us to completely comprehend, Jesus was one person with two natures, fully God yet fully man.

Like no other...
From the beginning, He was revealed as being unique both in His coming and His person. In fact, 700 years before He was born, the prophet Isaiah predicted His coming. Noting that all of us have wandered like sheep, having gone astray and turned to our own way - like the prodigal son - Isaiah says "But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him."

A sacrificial substitute
This prediction, along with many others, was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross. Jesus' death was entirely unique in the history of the world. As the sinless Son of God, He took on Himself in His death all the sin of the world. God's wrath against all ungodliness was satisfied in His death. He arose 3 days later to prove His victory over sin and death and ascended to His Father in heaven.

Not the end of the story...
Great, you may say, sin is paid for and I'm home free!  No, that's not how the story ends. His death doesn't automatically turn us from being rebels to being His loving children. Like a convict facing death row but offered a pardon, we must each, individually, accept the pardon and in the process agree to our guilt. The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Grace means God's gift to us that we didn't deserve and could never earn - forgiveness and cleansing from sin. Faith is your grasping God's gracious gift by believing that Jesus' death was in payment for your personal sins, a gift you can never receive any other way.

So simple, but so difficult...
If this sounds simple, it's because it is! But it is difficult for at least two reasons. Many people simply will not accept the fact that they are in debt to God. Like the convict, they will not agree to their sin, so have no basis for accepting pardon. Many, many others weigh the positive and negative things they have done, look around them at people with greater sin and conclude they are good enough to earn God's favor on their own. To switch metaphors, they are like a drowning man facing an oncoming hurricane, clinging to a small piece of wood, steadfastly determined to swim to safety on his own.

Clinging for dear life...
The only ones who find their forgiveness in Jesus Christ are those that recognize the desperate condition they are in and grab hold of the life preserver that is Jesus Himself. Acknowledging their guilt before God, they claim His gracious offer of forgiveness and ask Jesus to come into their lives and make them what they ought to be.

The Great Exchange
When sinners come to God with that heart attitude, God does an absolutely incredible thing. In the greatest exchange in all history, He not only washes our hearts clean from all sin, He credits us with the very righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. When He looks at us, He sees His Son Whom He loves dearly, and loves us with equal intensity. That is the Father-love you have always wanted, what you were made to experience.

What are you waiting for?
The prodigal son, when his resources were gone and he realized both his total poverty and the riches of his father, came to himself. Preparing a speech of repentance, he made his way home, hoping against hope that his father would at least allow him to become a hired servant. But, to his astonishment, his father was watching and waiting for him with open arms and welcomed him as a son. This is a beautiful picture of God who waits with open arms for each of us to recognize our 'lostness' and come to Him. Forgiveness has already been won by Jesus on the cross - a gift waiting to be claimed!

A heart attitude
God, like the father in the story, is not looking for flowery speeches, just a heart attitude of repentance and trust. If you recognize your sinful condition before a holy God and also believe that Jesus died for your sins, God will make the great exchange mentioned above and place His Holy Spirit within you, making you His child forever. You will then begin the greatest experience of your life, learning all it means to be loved by a gracious, generous Father - the King of the universe!

No magic words...
There are no magic words that earn God's favor - He is just looking for the heart attitude mentioned above. But if you struggle for the words to express your heart, here is a short prayer that emphasizes the way you must come to God to claim eternal life

Dear God,
I realize my sins have separated me from you and that I cannot make myself good enough to earn your favor. But I understand that you loved me so much you sent your Son Jesus to die for me. I repent of my sins and trust Him right now for forgiveness, and ask that He come into my heart and make me the kind of person you want me to be. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Welcome to the family!
If that prayer represents your heart attitude, God has made you His own child. Welcome to the family of God! You are now ready to live the life for which you were made.

What now?
Now that you belong to God, He will begin to work in your life by His Spirit, to make you like Christ. Only He can do that, but you have a responsibility as well. Like any relationship, your relationship with God depends on communications. He has written you a love letter - the Bible - and since the author is the same Holy Spirit that is living in you, it will come alive as you expectantly read it and talk back to God in prayer. To help you see God's Word as a love letter and understand more of the dimensions of God's love and His plan for you, go here.
 

 

 

Or, if you have questions about beginning a relationship with God and want to talk to someone...

 

 

Other resources
There are many other resources that may help you as you begin your new life.

  • For some interactive lessons that will enhance your walk with God, go here.
  • A site that will provide you with an assurance of salvation, teach you how to experience God's love and forgiveness and much more can be found here.
  • To learn about how to live under the direction of God's Holy Spirit, go here.
  • If you would like to begin receiving newsletters or other information to help you grow in your new life, look at the selections here.
  • If you are in business for yourself, you might find these articles helpful.
  • And, to help you begin to grasp just how much God loves you and the scope of His plan for you, go here.

 

  If you have come to faith in Jesus Christ, I would love to hear about it. You can email me at rejoice@GodsLoveLetter.com.
   
 

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