How to Have a Relationship with God Does going to church or giving to the poor make you a Christian?
Written by Joy Series: Weekly Devotional
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 GOD LOVES YOU! He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants you to be with him for all eternity! Many people claim to be Christians because their parents were, or their country has a “Christian heritage”. Does going to church or giving to the poor make you a Christian? No, Christianity is a personal relationship with God, not a culture or a list of rules. So, how can we have a relationship with God? Remove the Barrier of Sin “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 . Sin is rebellion against God. I think all of us would agree; we are not perfect. Sin separates us from God because God is Holy (perfect). We cannot bridge this huge gap between us, because we can never be good enough to reach God’s perfect standard. It would be like swimming across the ocean. It is hopeless by human effort. That’s why we need Jesus to remove the barrier of sin and bridge the gap between us and God. Accept Jesus Christ I have Good News! God sent his Son Jesus to live a perfect, sinless life and die in our place. “For the payment for sin is death. But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 . Jesus has already paid the penalty for your sin and offers a full pardon (forgiveness). This is a gift, not something you have to earn by being good. Like any gift, it is free; all you have to do is accept it and make it your own. Become a Child of God “Yet to ALL who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 Have you accepted God’s forgiveness offered to you through Jesus’ death on the cross? If yes, then according to scripture you are a child of God. You are a Christian because of your belief. Welcome to the family! If you have not accepted Christ, what’s stopping you? Today is the day of your salvation! Don’t wait! Find out how to accept Jesus Christ today . Pray right now, confess your belief in Jesus, and receive his forgiveness and salvation. Pray this week: To grow in your faith and relationship with God. Sin is a barrier that separates us from God... have you confessed your sins to God and asked for His forgiveness? The Bible also says to confess to other believers, share your story anonymously with someone today.