WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN?

 

Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing “WHY?” They exist year after year with no idea of why they live or God’s purpose for their lives. The most basic question a person can ask is, “What is the meaning of life?”

Everyone wants to be happy. People try many ways:

…Some look for happiness by acquiring possessions.
…Some look for happiness by experiencing pleasure.
…Some look for happiness by gaining prestige & power.

But real happiness comes from understanding my purpose in life.

 

I. WHY AM I HERE?

 

1. GOD MADE ME TO LOVE ME!

God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love!” Jer. 31:3

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

 

2. WE WERE CREATED TO ENJOY A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND TO MANAGE ALL OF THE REST OF GOD’S CREATION! THIS MAKES US SPECIAL!

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground..”
Gen. 1:27-28

“God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Tim. 6:17b

Jesus said, “I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness!”
John 10:10

 

3.WHEN WE KNOW AND LOVE GOD, AND LIVE IN HARMONY WITH HIS PURPOSE FOR OUR
LIVES, IT PRODUCES TREMENDOUS BENEFITS IN OUR LIVES:

Clear Conscience: Rom. 8:1; Life & Peace: Rom. 8:6; Help with Weakness: Rom. 8:26;

Purpose: Rom. 8:28; Confidence:Rom. 8:31; Security: Rom. 8:39;

Power & Strength: Phil. 4:13; Fulfillment: Phil. 4:19; Freedom: John 8:32,36

 

II. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

 

Man has a natural desire to be the boss and to ignore God’s principles for living.

“Look out for #1. Do your own thing.”
“If it feels good, do it – regardless of what God says about it.”
“It’s my life and I’ll do what I want!”

THE BIBLE CALLS THIS ATTITUDE: SIN

“All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, and each of us has turned to his own way.” Isaiah 53:6

“If we say that we never sin, we are only fooling ourselves, and refuse to accept the truth.” 1 John 1:8

Sin breaks our close relationship with God. It causes us to fear God and try to live our lives outside of His will.

“But your iniquities (sins) have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 (LB)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

When our relationship to God is not right, it causes PROBLEMS in every area of our lives — marriage, career, relationships, finances, etc.

WHEN PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS, THEY OFTEN TRY MANY DIFFERENT WAYS OF COPING BEFORE TURNING TO GOD.

“There are ways that SEEM right to man, but they only end in death.” Proverbs 16:25

Even when we know that our deepest need is God, we often try wrong ways of getting to know Him:

 

III. WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?

 

Jesus Christ said, “I AM THE WAY, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except THROUGH ME!”  John 14:6 God Himself came to earth as a human being to bring us back to Himself.  If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to come.  The Way is a Person!

 

JESUS HAS ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF YOUR SIN PROBLEM!

 

“The wages of sin in death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Rom. 6:23

God did this for us because He loves us and wants us to know Him.

“God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still separated from God by sin, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men….” 1 Tim. 2:5a

God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. He took the initiative. Now He waits for each of us to individually accept what He has done for us.

 

IV. WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO?

 

1. ADMIT THAT GOD HAS NOT BEEN FIRST PLACE IN YOUR LIFE AND ASK HIM TO FORGIVE YOUR SINS.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from every wrong.” 1 John 1:9

2. BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED TO PAY FOR YOUR SINS AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN IN THREE DAYS, AND IS ALIVE TODAY.

“If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus) by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12

3. ACCEPT GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION. DON’T TRY TO EARN IT.

“For it is by grace you are saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9

Our relationship to God is not restored by anything we do, but on the basis of what Jesus already did for us!

4. INVITE JESUS CHRIST TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE AND BE THE DIRECTOR (“LORD”) OF YOUR LIFE.

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13

“Jesus says, ‘Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…’” Rev. 3:30

 

YOU CAN TAKE THESE STEPS BY PRAYING A SIMPLE PRAYER OF COMMITMENT TO GOD:

 

“Dear Jesus, thank you for making me and loving me, even when I’ve ignored you and gone my own way. I realize I need you in my life and I’m sorry for my sins. I ask you to forgive me. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please help me to understand it more. As much as I know how, I want to follow you from now on. Please come into my life and make me a new person inside. I accept your gift of salvation. Please help me to grow now as a Christian.”

“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

If you asked Jesus to change your life today, we sure would like to know. Please email: david.pitts@rocmin.com to share this with us.