Have you ever wondered if there is more to this life? Do you ever feel an emptiness inside and nothing you have tried (drugs, alcohol, relationships, material things, etc.) seems to fill that void? Do you find the circumstances in life so overwhelming that you just don’t think you can face another day? My friend, you are not alone. Every single one of us has had a moment where we have felt this way. But there is hope!
You and I were created with a need for something more… for something beyond ourselves and this physical world. We were created by God and for God. No matter how hard we try, we cannot fill this void ourselves. God provided a way to fill that empty hole. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross for our sinfulness and raised Him back to life so that we can have a loving relationship with God the Father. Rightfully, we should have been the ones on that cross.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” There is nothing we can do that can change the fact that we were born with a sinful heart. We all have done things that we may not be proud of. Each one of us could probably make quite a long list of things that would be displeasing to God; things that we should be punished for.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” By all accounts, we should be the ones to die for that list of things that displeases God. But there is good news (this is where the hope comes in)… we don’t have to!
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That means that Jesus died a horrible death to pay the debt of our sin, so that we wouldn’t have to. He paid the price in our place because He loves us and wants us to have a deep, personal relationship with God the Father, who is the giver of peace.
Romans 10:9-10,13 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved… for, ‘everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.'” All you have to do is believe that Jesus died in your place and that through him alone you receive salvation. It is a free gift that you do not have to work for but is freely given to you.
Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Remember that emptiness that was mentioned earlier? God is the One who fills that void. Believing in Jesus doesn’t take away the struggles of life, but it does bring us peace and strength to get through it. It gives us hope that there is more for our lives and confidence that our struggles and trials aren’t for nothing. It gives us hope of something greater one day. God wants to walk along side us, even carry us, through those difficult times. Won’t you trust him to do that? Won’t you listen to the yearning of your heart right now and simply believe in what Jesus did for you?
It’s as simple as:
- believing that you are a sinner,
- understanding that, as a sinner, you deserve death,
- believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay your sin debt and to save you from death,
- turn away from your old life of sin to a new life in Christ, and
- through faith in Jesus Christ, receive his free gift of salvation.
If you have done this, you can rest assured that nothing will ever separate you from the love of God. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Have you believed this today? Won’t you please give our pastor a call so he talk with you? Take heart that you do not have to walk through this life alone. “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in him and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7