It has always been God’s intention to clearly define the way to a relationship with Him. Yet, many people become confused over the necessary arrangements for entering into just such a relationship. Based on the teaching of God’s Word, the Bible, it is really quite simple to know what God requires:
Repent . . . this means to turn and go the other way, and it refers to your attitude about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. You need to turn away from thinking that you can go through life without surrender to God’s control over you. Along with the wrongs you know you have done, you need to ask God to forgive you for being proud enough to think you didn’t need His Son. See what Jesus said about the need to repent in Mark 1:15 and Luke 15:7. Other Bible verses to look at would be Acts 3:19 and Acts 17:30-31.
Realize . . . that God is already reaching out to you and wants you to become His child. He has proven that to all of us by becoming a man born in a Bethlehem manger. He was born that His life might prove He loved us, and that His death on a cross might pay the penalty a holy God demands for our wrongs. This was all proven to be acceptable to God on the very first Easter as Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus said He came to man for just this very reason in John 10:17-18 and John 15:12-14.
Receive . . . not just the historical facts about the person of Jesus Christ, but take him personally to be your Lord, your Master. Again, the Bible says it quite plainly . . . If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11).
Reflect . . . on what all this means. It means that you are going to live under the authority of Jesus Christ. It means that you will gladly identify yourself as one of His followers. It is a commitment for life. And it is not just your commitment to Him that is in view, but His commitment to you. You can see the strength of the Lord’s commitment to His followers in John 6:37-40. “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
There truly is no greater information you can discover than this. If you are wondering why it seems so simple and people make it sound so hard, just remember that mankind often messes up the simple beauty of the things which God has given. If you would like to speak with someone about what you have read here, please contact us. It would be our great joy to help you understand more fully how you can know God personally!