If God offered, what would you ask Him to do?
People ask God for many different things based on the circumstances through which they currently view the world. For instance, if you’re poor and hungry, you might ask God to give you some food. If you’re out of work, you might ask Him for a job. Maybe, you’re sick and need healing or, God forbid, your loved one is dying and you want to ask God to let them live.
This side of eternity, life can be challenging. The sun shines but it also rains and for some, it storms relentlessly for days, weeks, months and even years. Yet, there is hope. Jesus said that, “God knows our needs before we ask.” In other words, God knows what we really need. So, whether rich or poor, sick or healthy, happy or sad, or anything else, His promise is: “There’s something better!”
Life on earth comes to an end for everyone. However, Jesus promised, “I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance.” Because of Jesus, the day will come when we will no longer have a reason to ask God for anything because everything we could ever want or need will be provided. There will be no more storms, just endless beautiful days forever.
Jesus said that there was only one way to Heaven, and it was through Him. That’s quite a bold statement, yet there’s a reason behind it. The short explanation is: God is Holy. We are not! God, the creator of the universe, is holy, which means He is perfect and pure and without any flaw. By His holy nature, God cannot be in the presence of anyone who is less than holy. We are not holy because we are flawed by our disobedience to God’s desires. Have you ever told a lie, said something unkind to someone, stolen anything, cheated anyone? We are all flawed and fall short of the holiness of God. Even the slightest flaw will keep us from being in His presence in Eternity, unless…
God’s instructions for our lives come with a price that must be paid if they are broken. The price is eternal death because eternal life can only be in the presence of Holy God. Thus, when we break any of God’s moral laws, we are flawed, and a flawed person has nothing with which to pay the price to a Holy God.
God knows this, yet He loves us so much that, rather than see us die an eternal death, He paid the price for us. He sent His perfect son, Jesus, to earth to give His life in exchange for ours. Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for their friends.” He said it and then He did it, paying the price that would erase our flaws, making us flawless — holy — that we can live in God’s presence in eternity.
The only thing God requires is that you acknowledge and accept the gift He has given us through the price He paid through the sacrifice of His Son. If, in your heart, you believe this is true, you might say something like this: “God, I want to know what you know. I don’t know the way or I have lost my way or even, I think I know the way but I believe your way is better. I have arrived at this crossroad in my life where I believe and confess that Jesus is the Son of God and I want to know you.” You make the decision, He does the rest.