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Journey with Jesus

Many people describe their lives in terms of being on a spiritual journey. Journeys present great opportunities for adventure and excitement, but a journey can also lead to disappointment, frustration and disillusionment. Sometimes we even get lost and confused.

God, the great creator and designer of life, has provided us with instructions for our spiritual journey. Those instructions are found in God’€™s Word, the Bible. The central theme of the Bible is that God loves us and sent his son, Jesus, that we might have eternal and abundant life.

Jesus came into this world as a human being, lived a sinless life in harmony with God, revealed to us who the Heavenly Father really is, died on a cross for our sins, and rose from the dead. Because Jesus died, our sins can be forgiven, and because he conquered death, we can have eternal life and know for sure what will become of us after we die.

But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be ours unless we willingly accept it.   God requires an individual response from us.
The following verses from the Bible show God’€™s part and our part in this process.

 

God’€™s Love is Revealed in the Bible

‘€œFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’€ (John 3:16).

God loves us.   He wants to bless our lives’€”make them full and complete.   And he wants to give us a life which will last forever, even after we experience physical death.

We are Sinful

‘€œFor all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’€ (Romans 3:23).

No one is perfect.   We all stumble, fall and mess up in life.   This verse reminds us that we are all sinners.   We all do things that we know are wrong.   That is why we often feel estranged from God’€”because God is holy and good, and we are not.

Sin Has a Penalty

‘€œFor the wages of sin is death’€ (Romans 6:23).

Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, we, too, must pay the penalty of our sins, which is spiritual death.   We become separated from God.   But we will also die physically.   The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain in sin will be separated forever from God.

Christ Has Paid Our Penalty

‘€œBut God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’€ (Romans 5:8).

The Bible teaches that Jesus, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all our sins by His death on the cross.   We may think we have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love us, but the Bible says that Christ already loves us’€”loves enough that he was willing to die for us even while we were still sinners and living in ungodly ways.

Salvation is a Free Gift

‘€œFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith’€”and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God’€”not by works, so that no one can boast’€ (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The word grace simply means ‘€œundeserved favor.’€   It means God is offering us something we could never provide for ourselves’€”forgiveness of sins and eternal life.   God’€™s gift is free.   A gift is something that is not earned or deserved.   It is something we either accept or reject.

Christ is at Our Heart’€™s Door

‘€œHere I am!   I stand at the door and knock.   If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me’€ (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with us.   Christ is standing at the door your heart, the door of your emotions, the door of your intellect and will.   The most important decision we can ever make in life is that decision to invite him in.   He is waiting for us to receive him into our hearts and lives.

We Must Receive Him

‘€œYet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God’€ (John 1:12).

When we receive Christ into our hearts then we become a child of God and have the privilege of talking to him in prayer at any time about anything.   The Christian life is a personal relationship, a journey with God, through Jesus.   And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all time.

The Wesley Free Methodist Church is here to help you along this journey of life.   Life is meant to be shared.   It is difficult walk any journey alone.   Let’€™s walk together and find strength and encouragement in one another!