John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but will have eternal life.
It is really as simple as that. So many people try to add to it, but that is what God Himself has to say about what it takes. We can’t work our way into heaven. We will never be perfect enough to deserve heaven because everyone sins. In Romans, it says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That’s pretty clear too and since sin can’t be in heaven God provided the way and it is the only way. If you have already accepted Him as your Savior please stay with me to the end of this devotional.
Jesus is the Son of God, He wasn’t just a man and He came for the sole purpose of providing the way for all people to get into heaven. He was the perfect sacrifice. He gave His life so we could get to heaven. If you want an example of how simple salvation is just remember the thief on the cross. While Jesus was dying on the cross, one of the thieves next to Him asked Him to remember Him and Jesus told Him, “today you will be with me in paradise.” It’s that simple. The thief recognized that Jesus was the Son of God and acknowledged that he needed Jesus.
Romans 10:9 tells us, “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.” There you have it! That is as simple as it can get. Now, after you have accepted Him as your Savior take the time to get to know Him!
God is not a distant God. I know it may seem like it, but He really wants an up-close and personal relationship with you. Now, don’t be mistaken, that does not mean that absolutely everything you pray for just happens. God is not some genie in the sky and we live in an imperfect world so yes there are horrible things that happen because God gives everyone the choice to do right and wrong. He does not force us like robots to follow Him. Which would you prefer: Someone who truly loves you or someone that acts like they do because for some reason they have to? God wants your love and He wants to walk with you through the good, the bad, and the ugly! He wants to guide you through this life and He wants to spend all of eternity with you!
Whatever you are facing today, He wants you to know that He loves you and He wants to heal your broken heart and He wants to walk closely with you. It is your choice. Life on earth is pretty short in light of eternity, don’t you think? Life is hard, but you don’t have to face anything alone. Don’t allow satan’s lies to keep you out of heaven or keep you from a close walk with God. He’s really good at pushing his lies on you trying to keep you defeated and away from God. Lies like, “God doesn’t really care” or “God’s trying to keep you from having any fun.” Or “with your past, there’s no way you will ever get into heaven.” (It’s not your past that matters, it’s Jesus if you will just accept Him). Ask God to help you today. Ask Him to guide you in all that you do and choose today to walk with Him every day from here on out knowing that then truly His best is yet to come!
Quote: “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers