really like to accept responsibility for my general
state of happiness, the songs I write and the gobs of
blessings in my life, but the simple fact is that I
can't. In reality, the storms that blow around me
are as wild as upon any sea. I sometimes feel like
my life mirrors the episodes on "Deadliest
Actually, my joy and
bubbling bliss is all
because of God - complete forgiveness of my sins through Jesus
Christ, the living and only son of God - to be precise.
Life is just so unnecessarily difficult without a personal
relationship with your creator.
Story? Why Do I Even Need To Have My Sins Forgiven?
God could make us "love"
him, but that wouldn't be authentic love, would it? So God
created us with an abundance of free will to do exactly as we please.
He wanted us to love him for
who he is and not just because we were forced into a
relationship. It's one of those, "If you love someone let
them go, if they come back to you their yours and if they don't
they never were" things.
But there is one
challenge. According to the Bible, God is perfectly
sinless and we're not. Sin and perfection mix like oil and
water - that's to say they don't mix at all. So, we can't
go near God until we're spiritually clean from our sins. Enter
Jesus is the
sacrifice that makes amends for your sins — and not only your
sins but the sins of everyone all over the world.
Honor My Good Intentions, Right?
assume that you are a Christian because of your background or
church membership? Well, the Bible says being saved from
our sins is a whole lot more than a general belief in God - "You
say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good
for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in
terror." (James 2:19). Being raised by Christians does not
automatically make you a Christian, nor does going to church,
seeking to live a moral life, serving as an elder or leading as
a pastor. What counts is whether you have given your life to
Free From The Bubble
does it mean to be a "Christian"; to be "born again"
as some call it?
When I grew up, I thought being a Christian meant joining an
organization or going to church, but, with time, I discovered that's not the
real answer (although it's good to go to church).
John chapter 3
is pure rocket fuel on this subject. Jesus tells one of
the Jewish leaders, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born
again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” The Jewish
leader replied, “What do you mean? How can an old man go back
into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied,
“I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being
born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human
life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.
Jesus said that he was the way, the truth, and the life. No one
can come to the Father except through him.
About A Relationship, Not Religion
If you confess
with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that
God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with
your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with
your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10). To
"believe" means to "adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth".
Becoming a Christian is not simply joining a church or acting
religious. It is surrendering your life to Christ and
allowing his Spirit to dwell within you.
you have never done so, I invite you to present yourself to him
now, for "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
saved" (Romans 10:13). Surrender your life to God by accepting
Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Then allow God to begin the
process of transforming you into the best man or woman you can
be. There's no special formula in the words you use, but
giving up your life to God may sound something like this:
"Jesus Christ, I confess that I am a
sinner. Please forgive my sins and accept me as your child. I
invite you to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. I surrender
myself to you and give myself freely and completely to you."
If you prayed
with sincerity, Christ accepted you into his Kingdom and you are
now a Christian. Welcome to the family of God!
Yah, So Now What?
Birth is just
a beginning, not life itself; and rest assured that with your
life now complete with Christ, the future is finally something
to look forward to! As you grow in your knowledge of God, he will transform
your life. These four suggestions will help you get started in
your Christian walk:
(1) Tell someone (you'll probably find it hard not to tell
everyone) that you accepted Christ.
(2) Read the Bible, which is God's word, daily, starting in the New Testament
Gospel of John is always a great place to start).
(3) Join a Bible-believing church.
(4) Pray regularly.
If you've recently asked God to
to forgive you of your sins through Jesus Christ and have been
spiritually "born again",
drop me a note and
let me know. It's fun to meet those that I'm going to
spend eternity with!
The Bible quotes above come from
the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Bible. The
NLT is a highly accurate
dynamic equivalence translation directly from the original
Greek text (the language the New Testament books were initially
written in). For a text comparison,