Why am I really here?

 My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

- Jesus

John 10:10

For so many of us it seems like only yesterday we were running the neighborhoods with our friends, playing kickball, climbing trees, having sleepovers, learning to drive, starting to date and other moments that have become memories now. As we reflect, we wonder why does it go by so fast? What are we doing here if we are only going to live maybe 80 or so years? Is there something bigger…something more?  Every now and then each of us wonder, “What am I here for?” What if those questions are driven from inside of us by design? What if we are supposed to ask because there is something bigger than this life? What if that something is really a someone? Allow yourself just for a few more moments to consider that maybe you were constructed to think deeper…by God.

 

Please, don’t click away. Hear us out.

 

There is so much more to living than just memories and then death.

You and I are here for God’s pleasure, which ends up being pleasurable for us—if we know him personally. Yes personally.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Take a look at your life. How would you describe it? Contented? Rushed? Exciting? Stressful? Moving forward? Holding back? For many of us it’s all of the above at times. There are things we dream of doing one day, and there are things we wish we could forget. In the Bible, it says that Jesus came to make all things new. What would your life look like if you could start over with a clean slate?

The Bible talks about the world beginning with the creation of a beautiful garden and two blameless people who walked and talked with God. They were truly innocent – they didn’t even know that they were naked. But it didn’t stay that way. They chose to turn away from God and sin entered the world, and with it guilt, shame, regret. Humankind was no longer blameless. But God still loved the world that he created and so he sent his Son to redeem it.

Jesus came, and died, and rose again to wipe the slate clean. He was scourged, tormented, and finally nailed on the cross for humankind’s sins – this was all part of God’s plan to bring you and I back into relationship with him. God wants to be a part of your life. Is this the life for you?

 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.

John 6:37

 

1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally.

 

“God so loved the world (that's you), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever (you again) believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 10:7-10).

So, what prevents us from knowing God personally?

 

2. Our problem is that every one of us have done things that were displeasing to God. God calls those things sin.

"All (you, me everyone) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

 

We were all  created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our own stubborn self-wills, we chose to do our own thing even though it separated us from God.

 

As it is with everything, there are consequences to our choices

 

“The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

 

3. There must be a way to reach God

 

Thankfully, there is. Jesus was sent from heaven to pay for our sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience His love.

 

 As hard as it is to understand, Jesus died for our sin.

 “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

 

Jesus rose from the dead to prove He had the power to forgive sin

Knowing these truths is a good start, but there is more.

 

4. We must individually be willing to agree with God about our sin and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.

 

 

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.

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