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A Relationship with God
Written by: Martie Spurgeon
A relationship with Jesus Christ changes everything. I can not imagine going through the trials of this life without knowing that God is right there with me. Have you experienced this too? Have you wondered what it would be like to go through life without God? Or, perhaps, do you wonder as you read this post what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
A relationship with God means that you know Him personally, like you know your family and friends. It is not simply a knowing of Him. So many times in today’s day and age we know of God. We have heard of Him at Christmas time or we have heard of Him when we hear the Easter story each spring. However, a personal relationship is more than knowing about God – it is personally knowing Him.
Do you know that God desires to have a personal relationship with you? God desires it. The Bible tells us that God created each on of us and desires for us to know Him. Also, do you know that there is something within you that can only be satisfied with a relationship with Him? Some have referred to this as a God shaped whole within you that can not be filled with anything other than God Himself. God put that desire within us to know Him. He wants us to have a relationship with Him; but even more than that He wants to have a relationship with us!
So, if we have something within us that can only be filled with God and God desires to have a relationship with us how do we get to a point of personally knowing God?
First of all we must realize that every person, including us, is a sinner. The Bible tells us that “All have sinned…” Every person ever born on this earth was born a sinner. Another verse in the Bible tells us that “There is none righteous, no not one.” Perhaps it would seem odd to say that the first step in knowing God is realizing that we are sinners. Sometimes for some people this is the hardest part to accept and admit that they are a sinner. It sounds so condemning; but it is true. Universally, every single person who is alive today is a sinner. All of us have sinned – that is the hard part – but the first needed step in allowing us to know God and have a relationship with Him. (Hold on, it only gets better from here on out!)
Secondly, we must realize that our sin has distanced us from God. The Bible tells us that God is Holy and can not tolerate sin. One verse says, “The payment for sin is death…” The word ‘death’ in that verse actually means separation. So, the pay check for our sin is separation from God. No wonder we are looking for Him and wondering where He is! Deep within our hearts we know that we are not near Him and we find ourselves wondering where He is. (This is where it gets really good!)
Third, we must understand and accept that God has made a way for us to get to Him. Perhaps the most well quoted verse of all time is this: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God saw that sin had come into this world (In the garden when Adam and Eve disobeyed and chose their own way.) God knew when that happened that sin would separate all mankind from Him forever; but He loved us so much that He made a way possible for us to come to Him and to have a relationship with Him. It was by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. The awfulness of sin separates us from the holiness (perfectness) of God. Sin required a perfect person to pave the way to God. Only Jesus Christ could do that. Only He is perfect.
Fourthly, we must place our dependence upon what Jesus did on the cross in order to be saved from our sins an allow us to have a relationship with God. (This is perhaps where a lot of Americans get hung up.) We know that we are sinners and we know that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind. However, did you know that simply knowing that is not enough to allow you a personal relationship with God? In order for forgiveness of sins to take place we must place our dependence upon what Jesus did on the cross. That is, we must realize and accept that there is nothing we can do in order to get to Heaven. Good works will not save us. Going to church will not get us to Heaven. Reading our Bibles faithfully will not allow us a personal relationship with God. The only way to God is through accepting what Jesus did on the cross and depending upon His death as the payment for your sins.
When I place my dependence upon what Jesus did on the cross and ask God to save me from my sins God promises to save me and fill that void in my heart with Him. The Bible says that “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
May I ask you, have you been saved? Have you realized you were a sinner and that your sin had separated you from God? Have you placed your dependence upon Jesus Christ to save you? Only then can you have a personal relationship with God. The moment that you ask God to save you and rest upon what Jesus did for you on the cross God is able to have a relationship with you. Your sins problem has been taken care of and He can fellowship with you in a close relationship. The Bible tells us that once we are saved that God never leaves us. What a promise to know that nothing in this life can separate me from God after salvation!
So, I ask you, dear reader, do you know God? Do you have a personal relationship with Him today? If not – today you can know Him.
If you would like to talk to someone about a personal relationship with God please call SIDS America today. We would love to help you know God. He has been the healer of my broken heart and has walked with me through the difficulties that lay ahead after our daughter died of SIDS. I am so thankful that I know God and trust you do too!