There is no better investment in the world than investing in the Kingdom of God.
First and foremost, Jesus is against religion. Religion was created by man in an attempt to get to God, but Jesus is God’s attempt to get to man.
Religion is a list of rules and rituals that people think God wants them to do, in order to please Him. Many have a different list, so they have different religions. Jesus didn’t say, I came that you might have a religion. Jesus said, “I came the you may have life, and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10)
You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The problem is, one thing separates you from a having a relationship with God, and that is sin.
Whenever we sin, we fail to live by the God’s holy standard. In fact, Romans 3:23: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans explains that the penalty for sin is death—separation from God in hell forever. No matter how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves or get rid of our sins. We can’t earn our way to heaven by being good, going to church, or being baptized (Eph. 2:8-9).
God, the creator of the universe, has a plan for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He made you—on purpose, with a purpose. He knows you need help. He knows you can’t do it on your own. Understanding how helpless we are because of our sins, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to save us.
You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know God—you can’t, only Jesus can. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life, and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (Rom. 5:8). Three days later, He rose from the dead—showing that He had triumphed over sin and death once and for all.
Romans 10:9 promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, I admit that I’ve fallen short. I’ve sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that You lived, died and rose again so that I could be connected to God. I confess you as my Lord and commit my life to You. I give you my past, present, and future. Take my life and use it. I give it to You. Amen.