JESUS is Why You Were Born!
You were born for Him! You were given life so you could find and know God and Jesus, His Son.
Stay with me here, okay? Dont quit reading because you think youve heard it all before
Hes carefully and lovingly watching you, and Hes placed you here for a far greater purpose than you could ever imagine! Certainly not to live a 9 to 5 run-of-the-mill life. And certainly not to live in misery, selfishness, heartache and boredomthats for sure! He wants to wash you clean and set you free from all the guilt and sin in your heart and rotten attitudes and emotional bouts. He wants to open your eyes to a world full of Glory, Power and Beauty in Jesus, the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. He longs to fill you and make you Rich beyond measure in the Life of God and His Precious Son, Jesus. He offers you Life to the full not just a patchwork of things that will vanish nearly before the next sunrise over your gravesite. And Life to the FULL is found only in the One you were created forGod made it that way! To live in Him and with Him and for Him. Thats why you were born! You were born to be friends with God and live with Him now and forever.
Since God has made you for a purpose like that, why would you keep running around in circles, pushing your little piles of sand from place to place? Where is that leading you, anyway?? He made you, and has a plan for you. He wants you to come out from the life you currently live. He has Wonderful things to show you. The Infinite, All-powerful Lord and Maker of the heavens and the earth wants to fill you up with a brand-new life in Him. And God proves it to us by the Love He demonstrated through His Son, Jesus.
God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
Now THAT is LOVE!!!
His deep, deep Love for you is demonstrated in the incredible Gift of His Son. When the time was just Right, God sent His man Jesus, to the earth. He knew that all of us would stay in a big heap of trouble without Him! He sees us being aimless and meaningless, getting into trouble, hurting others and getting hurt
So out of His imponderable love for us, Jesus was handed over by the Father, to die instead of you. You see, the sins of lust, greed, pride, ugliness, selfishness, abusiveness, self-pity, jealousy, ad infinitum
inside of you hold you captive, and make you a criminal against God. Because of your crimes, your ultimate destination is death. BUT!! God doesnt want that to happen! He doesnt want you to eventually shrivel up and die and be gone forever from His sight. His desire is that you would, in fact, Live! And so God provided a way through Jesus.
To give you another reference point of who you are and who Jesus is
.the difference between Jesus the person, and you the person, is that He NEVER sinned. Not even once. He had a very excellent thing going with His Father, as He watched God, followed Him, lived in Him and obeyed Him in the tiniest detailin every thought, word, action and attitude. All the way through, pure and true, He chose to not once turn His back on His Father. He loved His God and kept His eyes on Him continually. His every Hope and total Heart were buried in God while living here as a man. God led, comforted, surrounded, supplied and filled Jesus day by day, through every pain, temptation and heartache of the human life. Jesus cares and He knows how we feel, because He lived a human existence. But He lived it out in God.
His obedience ultimately led Him to the Cross. Jesus made deliberate choices to turn away from protecting Himself from the abuses, jeers, taunts, lashes and crucifixion. He purposely chosefor usto turn from self-preservation, and instead went to the Cross. In deep love with His Father and a deep desire to obey to the end, He fulfilled Gods will. He died so you wouldnt have to.
Why did He have to die? Because God wants to have a real relationship with you. But the problem of mans selfish, independent and sinful nature stands in the way of that and must be dealt with. So Jesus took it upon Himself to pay the price for your sinyou deserved to die, but He died in your place. And three days later, God raised Him from the dead by His mighty Power and seated Him in the place of honor at Gods right hand. He is now far above any ruler, authority, power or leader or anything else in this world or in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ.
Trust HimYoull not Regret It
Given all of that, you need to make some choices. Its not automatic entry into heaven just because you say, Yeah, okay, I can believe that. Im in. See you in heaven.
No. It doesnt work that way.
God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified [by your sins], both Lord and Christ. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, Brothers, what shall we do? Peter replied, You must turn from your sin and turn toward God, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far offfor all whom the Lord our God will call. With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them Save yourselves from this corrupt generation. Those who accepted his message were baptized
Acts 2: 36-41
You need to turn from your sin! You need to come to grips with your rebellion against His Authority and Lordship. He is the Living God who created you, and your sin violates Him. Get very honest and think about who you are and what you do. Be real with yourself and be real with God, too. No repeat-after-me prayers or religious rituals. Dont think that you can get moral and be a nicer person and then God will just whisk you off to heaven when the shows over. My friend, it aint that way! PLEASE hear me!
God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified [by your sins], both Lord and Christ.
He said to repent from the sin in our lives. You know what those things areinside and out. Consider that snarl of jealousy, envy or hatred towards someone else? What about the pent-up frustration and impatience over petty inconveniences? Or the ugly feelings and words you had with someone whos cheated you or hurt you. Maybe you blew up at your spouse last night. Or you fill your mind with immorality on TV or internet pornography. Or you drink or do drugs. Whatever it is, Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. Turn away from your life as it is, that hurts you and hurts Jesus, and turn towards Him! He loves you! Declare to Him that you want to be done with your sin and that you are terribly sorry and that you want Him to be the rightful Ruler of your Lifenow and forever. Hell do a much better job of ruling than you! Youve got nothing to lose and everything to gain! Look Him in the eyes and ask Him to show you who Jesus really is. Ask Him to forgive you and set you free from the bondages of sin. If the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed! (John 8:36)
Start by being real and talking to God and opening your thoughts and heart to Him. Trust your past to Him for forgiveness and cleansing. Trust your future to Himthe ridicule you might face, the letting go of the security blankets of pride, materialism, bragging, anger, physical violence and yelling, cursing, family idolatry, and independence that hardens and keeps you from being vulnerable before God and man. Trust Him with all of these things. He loves you! He made the GalaxiesHe is well able to keep that which you have entrusted to Him until that Day when He comes back for those who are His to take them Home! Turn to Him and tell Him that youll trust Him and walk with Him no matter what, forever. Youll not regret itand the next billion years will be truly secure for the first time in your life.
As was once said to a man in pretty bad shape, but which applies just as much to you
Heres the way it isyouve tried everything else and so have I. Jesus is enough for anybody, anytimeand you, too. I offer you nothing but the risen Lord. I offer you nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Thats it. Its settled. Thats all. If that is not enough for you, then nothing ever will be. Im not dangling anything in front of you. I proclaim a risen Lord, forgiveness of sins, and Life in His name. Hes standing in Glory at the Fathers right hand and the trumpet is at Gabriels lipsand you better be ready.
Many thousands of years ago, God extended an offer to those who would listen. He gave them a choice and said:
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods [such as jobs, families, money, entertainment] and worship them I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. Deuteronomy 30:15-18, 8:17-19
That same choice is yours today. Out of His Love and Kindness, God has provided for the forgiveness of your sin by the Blood of His Son, Jesus. That is some very precious and incredible provision. He loves you! But He wont force your hand. Its up to you to reach out and find Him and relinquish all of your life into His very reliable Hands. Its up to you to search for Him like for a rare treasure and give up on all of your own treasures. Its your job to turn from your sin and begin to look and search and talk to Him. It wont be without some pain. And it wont be without needing some serious courage and honesty. But what God gives in return is unbelievable! The golden chance of a lifetime knocks on your door. If you know you were made for more than how youre currently living, come on! And even if youre not convinced, and dont care at the moment
as your friend, I plead with you also to seriously consider what youve read todaybecause this applies to you too, whether you feel it or think so or not
I have been reading some wonderful teachings to share with my young son. I have been in much prayer for him and just seeking the LORD on his behalf that he might see the sin in his life and his great need for JESUS. This is one teaching the LORD has shared with me and I thought I would share it here as well in case any other moms/dads are in the same place as I, seeking to answer questions, give direction, and point young ones toward JESUS!