In the last blog, I reasoned that we feel separation from God and that there is actually a rift or chasm dividing us. This leads to our feeling like a fish out of water and having an unexplained longing for something we can never quite find. The problem needing a solution is our separation.
The very real cause of this separation is our sin–not doing things God’s way. The Bible says that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23) It also says that the wage of sin is death. (Rom 6:23)
This is simply caused by God’s holiness. His holiness utterly destroys any sin in his presence. When a sinful man is facing God without any barrier, he is consumed by the fire of the Lord’s holiness.
It is common knowledge that a person must first realize a problem and next seek to fix it in order to change. If we persist in living in isolation from God, we have freedom to make that choice. However, if we want to be reconnected with God, he has provided a way.
You have heard it. You know it. You may not want to hear it again. However, I challenge you to do this. Say out loud. “God, please reveal yourself to me. Please remove all blinders and deceptions from me.”
Now, open your Bible and read the book of 1 John. It is short and simple. The truth is there. Jesus is our reconnection to God–our only hope of completion.
The gospel or good news is that Jesus, who is holy and complete, paid the price for us, who are sinful and incomplete. He could do this because he does not have our sinful genes and sin nature. He has God nature as the son of God. Yet he humbled himself to be born of a virgin and become a man so that he could die in the place of all men.
The solution is simple. We choose life or death, light or darkness, God or Satan. Not making a choice means choosing Satan because we exist in the devil’s realm.
Choosing God involves acknowledging that we are not as perfect as we have pretended to be, accepting Christ’s gift of payment for our failures and committing to cooperate with God’s plans. We need to speak directly to God–“I have sinned and fallen short. I choose to accept Jesus’ payment on the cross for my sins. You, Jesus, are now my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus name Amen.”
It is reasonable to become part of a community of believers. We all know that we become like those we hang with. The Bible says that we are not to neglect assembling together with other believers.(Heb 10:25) Jesus also gave us prayer as a gift for connecting to Him, and the Bible as an instruction book. Reading the Bible, praying, and having fellowship are all essential to staying connected to God.
In summary, I do not believe that intellect alone can lead you onto the bridge of faith. That first step must be taken in trust knowing that God is good and that He will not fail us. Saying a prayer of faith may seem like such an inconsequential thing, yet, it can be profoundly life changing. Know that the choice you make on this issue about whom you will serve is an eternal one.