Where are you at with Jesus?
Yep, I said it. The J-word. The Big JC. One of the most taboo internet topics. JESUS is TABOO. As messed up as that is, I know it is completely true. Why do I hesitate to talk about my faith freely with friends and family? Why do I not write about it more often? Why do I keep my mouth shut at times when I know someone needs a little hope? Because I know I’m not supposed to make people “uncomfortable,” and knowing that fact makes ME uncomfortable. I don’t want to make waves. I don’t want people to dislike me. I have my own fair share of insecurities, fears, and shame. And anyway, what right do I have to share the good news when I am so incredibly imperfect myself? Who would want to listen to me, anyway? More on our human imperfections in a future post.
It has been on my heart to share more about Jesus. Perhaps writing about Him on my blog is a slightly cowardly way to start, but at least it is a start. I don’t know you, where you are at with Jesus, or what is on your heart right now, but I want to tell you some good news throughout a few blog posts (this being the first). In fact, the BEST NEWS.
You are loved.
You are loved, you are loved, you are loved.
No, don’t believe me? Didn’t hear me?
YOU ARE LOVED.
Merriam-Webster says: Gospel: The message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and Salvation. From the Latin words meaning “good tale.”
Today, I am going to keep things pretty simple and straightforward. We can dive in more with a few future posts. So in a nutshell, this is The Gospel…
God created us. But we are imperfect. We sin. We are hypocrites. We are undeserving of the love God gives us – a love beyond anything we can even understand.
But because God loves us SO MUCH, He sent his son Jesus to die for our sins. When Jesus was crucified, He went to hell. After three days, He rose up from hell and ascended into Heaven. He did this, He SUFFERED this, so that we will not have to. So that we can live eternal life, long beyond our time on this earth, with Him and with all of our loved ones who also love Him.
THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS! We are forgiven. Day in and day out, when we sin in small and large ways, we can ask for forgiveness and we are FORGIVEN. And we are assured of eternal life with Jesus when we accept Him into our hearts, when we say with our whole hearts that we know the Truth, and we believe the Truth, and we live with this beautiful hope.
Accept Him into your life today. You may have never prayed a moment in your life, but you can start right now. Prayer is simply talking to God. There are no magic words. He will help you in this life. He loves you. He will take care of you eternally. Ask Him to help you know Him. Ask Jesus to be in your life. If you don’t know what to say, try this as a suggestion…
Lord, I come to you now in prayer because I believe you sent your only son, Jesus, to die for my sins. I know that He came to earth, died, was buried, rose again, and now is with you in Heaven. I confess my sins and ask for your forgiveness. I ask you to help me live my life in You. I am ready to trust Jesus as my savior. I ask you, Jesus, to come into my heart and live through me.
I cannot promise you that you will immediately feel like your life has made a 180. (And maybe you don’t need a 180 – maybe you only need an 83 or something.) I cannot say that being a Christian makes your life easy – if anything, it can be even more challenging. But TRUST Him, and let your burdens be lightened knowing that God knows your heart, and loves you, and forgives you. Our God is an awesome God. Do not forget it!