The Invitation

A close, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ starts with a call, an invitation from our God to come away from our old life of sin that leads us to certain judgement and death, into a new life that Jesus Christ has bought for us with His own blood. 
You see friend, you, me… all of us, are sinners. We have broken God’s law and as a result deserve the just punishment for it which is death. Have you tried really hard to do the right thing, only to find that you mess up over and over again? I have been there many times. How many of the Ten Commandments can you name? Make a list in your mind. How many of those have you been able to keep? You and I cannot keep God’s commandments – we break them. We cannot please God on our own. In fact the Bible says that the very best we can do is like disgusting filthy rags to Him. There is no way we can get to Heaven and to God by what we do. Growing up in a Christian family doesn’t make you a Christian. Going to church, memorizing Scripture, doing all the “right” things doesn’t make you a Christian. These are good things, but they don’t save us. Without Jesus, we are lost and without hope. 
But friend, oh the wonder of the love of Jesus!! How He, God, became a man, was born in a stable, made Himself the servant of all, and died a horrible death on a cross. Why? Because the only way we could be rescued from our sin was if a perfect man, someone who had never ever sinned, would bear our sin and take our punishment for us. Jesus was that man. He bore all the weight of our sin and the wrath of Almighty God upon Himself so that we wouldn’t have to bear it. In love He died, but three days later rose from the dead defeating Satan, defeating sin and death forever. Because He lives, we can live too. Now He is in Heaven calling to each of us to come to Him, trust in what He has done for us, and receive His gift of salvation. It’s a gift, and all you need to do is come to Him in faith (faith is simply believing God) and receive it, just as you would receive a gift from a friend. Trusting in Jesus for salvation means repenting or turning away from your sin and trusting Jesus to show you how to live His way. It means giving your life completely to Him and letting Him be in control from this time forward. He gave His life, His all for you, and the only reasonable response we can have to such love is to willingly give Him all we are and have in return. 
He is calling you to trust Him and come into fellowship with Him. Those of us who come have the immeasurable privilege of knowing Him, of walking with Him daily, of loving Him, of serving Him, of experiencing the abundant life, peace, joy ect. that He gives us. He also gives us the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts to enable us to live a life that would otherwise be impossible, to live a life that pleases and brings glory to Jesus. And very soon He’s coming back, and those of us who trust in Him will get to live with Him in Heaven for eternity. 
Dear friend, think about it. Have you come to Him and trusted in Him for salvation? Has He taken your sin and washed it all away? If not, will you ask Him to do it today? If you know for sure that you are His, ask Him to take you deeper in your walk with Him and to show you how to seek Him more fully. Continue to surrender to Him each day and He will do so. If you’re not sure if you’re saved, remember that you can make sure today. Know also that those who come to Him in faith He will never cast out, and that those who trust in Him are kept by Him for eternity. You and I are secure forever in Him. 
Because of Jesus, ❤
John 19-20; John 3
Additional Scriptures: 
Our sinfulness Rom 3:10,23; Js 2:10; Rom 5:12; Rom 6:23; Is 64:6;
What Christ has done Rom 5:8; 1Jn 4:9-10,19; Phil 2:5-8; 2 Cor 5:21; Jn 14:19; 1 Cor 15:3-4,57; 
Way of salvation Heb 11:6; Eph 2:8-9; Rom 10:9-10,13,17; Jn 1:12; 1Jn 1:9; Eph 1:7;
Christ’s call to us SoS 2:10; Matt 11:28-30; Rom 12:1; 2 Cor 5:15; Matt 16:24-25; Jn 6:37;
His promise to us 1Jn 2:25; Jn 10:10; Jn 14:3,16-17,26; Jn 10:27-29; 2 Cor 5:17.