Last week I told you that my religion is not something I happen to believe. My God is EVERYTHING! I didn’t start out with this deep, meaningful relationship with God that I couldn’t live without. It started off with someone else who was excited about what the Lord was doing in her life and she told me everything that she was discovering about a relationship with the Lord. She would tell me how amazing He is and how He is revealing Himself to her in a new way. She would go on and on, to the point where I would get annoyed with her and told her to stop talking about God.
You may have someone in your life or a series of “coincidences” that keep nudging you in God’s direction and you might be getting annoyed at God or even at that person. I know how you feel. You might be thinking something like this… “I’m doing fine. I don’t really need God. Why would I want to change everything by believing in something and having to have another relationship to work on?”
For me, God was something that I tried to avoid and push to the side. He was someone I didn’t want to deal with or feel like pursuing. What if I reach out to God and He doesn’t respond or want me? Maybe you feel like everything is fine. Why would He help me and what if I don’t like the help He wants to give me? When you start asking questions and seeking God, you are going to have to come face-to-face with exactly the thing you’ve been avoiding. You will have to get up close and personal with yourself.
“I’m doing fine.”
What is fine? The definition of fine is “satisfactory”. It’s good enough. I’m good enough. What happens when you just can’t deal with anymore stress or you can barely keep your head above water? First off, it’s not good enough to be good enough to get into heaven. Secondly, “[God] has come so that [you] may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). You were meant for so much more.
I didn’t know what kind of relationship was on the other side of my questions, but I knew that I couldn’t keep doing life the way I was. I was struggling with darkness, anger, frustrations, and pain in my life that I couldn’t deal with on my own. Therapy helped for a little while, but I needed a relationship with the Lord. I needed Him because He wasn’t putting bandaids on my life or sticking mud in the holes. When I came to the Lord humbly and with no agenda, the Holy Spirit filled my heart and made me a new person. I smiled more, I wasn’t so angry all the time, I stopped picking on other people and gossiping. I looked and acted differently.
You can’t keep patching up your life and hoping the dam doesn’t break.
God has a plan for your life and that is for you to “live abundantly”. He wants to work through you to change the world. First, you have to let Him change you. Can you keep going the way you’ve been going, without giving your life to God, and expect all the pieces to fall into place? Even when everything seems to be okay and you can provide for your family or enjoy what life has to offer, the question is, “Will you be going to heaven?”
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
You will spend an eternity in Hell if you don’t give your life to Jesus Christ. That’s the truth and that’s why it matters. “You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” Psalm 39:5
The choice you make to follow Jesus affects your eternity. He gives us the choice and now you have to take it. God wants to be in relationship with you and He wants to spend eternity with you, but you have to come to Him.