At Heritage Hills, connecting with God is our goal. We think a lot about it and hope you do also. It is the purpose for which we were created.
Have you tried before to connect with God? You probably ran into a wall of sorts. It is called "sin;" in short, sin is anything contrary to the will of God. Sin characterizes us all. In fact, the Bible says:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
So, if you are trying to connect with God, you have a problem: sin separates us from God.
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your sins have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)
As if this is not enough, sin not only separates us from God now but leads to eternal separation from Him. This is a kind of spiritual death:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Did you notice the word "but" in that verse? The free gift of God is eternal life. That is great news!
Though you cannot, on your own, connect with God, God Himself provided a connecting link for you:
"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God." (1 Peter 3:18)
Jesus, through God Himself, came as a human to offer His life on the cross as payment for your sins. Through Jesus, who suffered and died, and who rose up from death, each of us can find the solution to our problem. What's more, through Christ we can be adopted into God's family forever.
What an offer, what a gift! Has anyone ever gone to so much trouble to connect with you? Has anyone ever died to keep you from dying an eternal death? Nobody has, because nobody but Jesus could.
Will You Accept His Gift?
As powerful as God is, He will not force Himself upon you. But if you choose to connect with Christ, He will connect you with His Father.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
To believe in Jesus Christ is to believe He died for your sin and rose up from the dead, and to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. This you can do right now, by turning to him and by talking to him.
Forgive me, Lord Jesus. I sin, and it has separated me from You. It has left me empty and disconnected. I believe You paid the penalty for my sin, and that You suffered and died in my place on the cross. Please come into my life and fill me with your presence. Change me from the inside out. I accept You as the only way to connect with God the Father. Thank you for this overwhelming gift of forgiveness and connectedness to You forever. Amen.