God loves us and wants a personal relationship with Him.
God loves us even if we haven’t loved him.
In this love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.1 John 4:10
God wants us to know Him. The Bible says God is at work in everyone’s life. So that they should seem the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:27)
What is Wrong With Us?
Our relationship with God has been broken by sin.
We have all made choices showing we are inclined to be passively indifferent to God.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
Or actively opposed to God
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light unless his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:29-20)
The result of our choices to resist or ignore God results in spiritual death ( separation from God).
We are dead in trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1)
And this death spreads to all men because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
What Did God Do For Us?
God had provided a solution for our lost relationship.
Jesus came to do what we could not do for ourselves.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life through me. (John 3:16)
He came. Into the world to bring us to his Father.
Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
I’ve died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)
He rose from the dead to show that his claims were true.
For I delivered to you first all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that he was buried, and that He rose again the third day.
What Do We Need To Do?
We must each personally trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Our own efforts to earn God’s acceptance are inadequate.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)
We must admit our need for forgiveness. For all, have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
And the tax collector, standing far off, would not so much as lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying God be merciful to me a sinner. ( Luke 18:13)
We must receive Christ and his offer of salvation as a gift.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave us the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name. (John 1:12)
For by grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Give all Glory to God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Where Do We Begin?
You can begin your personal relationship with God by putting your faith in Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You may find it helpful to express your new faith in words similar to these:
Dear God, I know that my son has separated me from You. Thank You for sending Your Son to die in my place. I now trust Jesus to forgive my sins. I invite Him into my life as my Savior and Lord: Thank You for receiving me into Your eternal family. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Your trust in Jesus begins everlasting relationship with God.
God promises to never leave you or forsake you. ( Hebrews 13:5)
God has given you His Spirit to enable you to live in a way that pleases Him. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)