We were created for relationship with God. The yearning for pleasure and satisfaction in each of us is that core need of relationship with our creator. Yet, disobedience-sin- hinders us from reconciling with God. The Bible confirms that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23).
God is perfect and holy and the only way for a reconciled relationship with god is for a penalty to be paid for our sin. A penalty that would cancel the debt of sin. The Bible presents us with Good News. It states that "God so loved the world that He gave us His One and Only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). The life that this refers to is the satisfaction found in a reconciled relationship with God.
As unbelievable as it may sound, God sent His only Son to earth to live a perfect life and then to die as a punishment for OUR sins. His Son, Jesus, took the penalty of our sins for the purpose of reconciling our relationship with God.
While this gift from God is free it is not automatic. To receive the gift of forgiveness and a reconciled relationship we must seek it. The Bible says "You will see Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). (taken from "Who is the Greatest Dad Ever?" tract)
So, the question for each of us is: if your Father in heaven loves you so much He would send His Only Son to earth to pay a penalty He didn't deserve, but you couldn't pay, so that you could be adopted into His family and be a child of the One True God, will you seek Him and accept His offer of adoption?
The first thing Jesus said to His disciples was "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." This same charge has been given to us. We are to be made into fishers of men so others can be made into fishers of men. This is the purpose behind the Great Commission. We do this by living the Great Commandments. The Great Commandments are:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus Himself said all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments.
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