How to Begin a Relationship with GodDo all roads lead to God? No. Even in our physical world, not all roads lead to our destination. For example, if you want to go to Skipper’s Canyon in New Zealand, you must take Skipper’s Canyon Road. This unpaved road is so dangerous that your rental car insurance won’t be honored if you drive on it.

Just as there’s only one road to Skipper’s Canyon, only one road leads to God. Despite what world religions claim, Christ is the only way. Christ said there is only one way to God when He declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NLT).

Want to begin a relationship with God? The Bible marks the path to God with four truths.

1. We all sin.
Sin means missing the mark. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23, NLT). Even though we can try to be good by attending church, contributing to charity, and even getting baptized, these things won’t solve our sin problem. Despite our best efforts, we will always fall short of God’s glorious standard of holiness.

As an example, imagine having a contest with a friend to throw a rock to the moon. Even if you throw farther than your friend, neither of you will hit the moon. Likewise, no matter how good a life you try to live, you will still sin. We’re all sinners; no one is perfect, except for Christ. Thus, we all fall short.

2. Sin separates you from God.
Most people would agree that stealing, murdering, committing adultery, and using illegal drugs come with consequences. Although these big sins can destroy lives, did you know that the small ones you struggle with can also be destructive? Every day, you sin by lying, gossiping, envying, lashing out in anger to others, being jealous of others, having lustful thoughts, or numerous other things.

Not only does your sin hurt others, but it also hurts you and God. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23, NLT). The worst consequence of sin is death and separation from a holy God—the One who is life. Though the cost of your sin is too much for you to pay, God has already paid the ultimate price for you.

3. Christ died for you.
Despite all your shortcomings and sins, there’s one solution…Christ! “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, KJV). Why would Christ die for you? It’s because He loves you.

Let’s say a serial killer is on death row awaiting execution. Imagine an innocent person goes before the judge and says they’re willing to take their place. What would happen? The innocent person would die; the guilty person would live. Did you know that Christ did that for you? Christ, who is sinless—the second person of the Triune God—died on the cross and rose from the dead so you can have eternal life!

4. You can be saved through faith in Christ.
Faith in Christ means trusting Him alone. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV). Just as you trust a pilot to fly a plane you’re on while providing no effort of your own, so you must trust Christ alone to get to heaven.

Thank God for this free gift. Remember, it’s not the prayer that saves you—it’s Christ’s work on the cross that saves. Here’s an example of how to pray:

Dear God, I know I’m a sinner and my sin deserves to be punished, but I believe Christ died for me and rose from the grave. I trust Christ alone as my Savior and make Him Lord of my life. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me everlasting life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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by Kimberlee Bousman

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