How can I have a relationship with God?

God created us for a relationship with Him.

He wanted us to be his friends. When God created Adam, the first human being and our ancestor, he was walking and talking with him (Genesis 3:8-9).

Unfortunately Adam sinned, he knowingly disobeyed God’s commandment. So this beautiful and intimate relationship broke: God who is holy and without sin had to separate himself from sin and also from (now) sinful human beings.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

As Adam’s descendants we inherited his sinful nature but we also sinned ourselves, by our own choice.

Psalm 14:3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

So we likewise cannot be close to God, our own sinfulness is a barrier between God and us. But sin is more than just a barrier. Sin is so offensive to a holy God that He must eventually punish it.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Because of His great love for us, God does not want us to go to hell, the place of eternal death, so He sent Jesus into the world. Jesus, the eternal God the Son, was born as a human being and lived a sinless life, in full obedience to God the Father. He was the only human being that ever lived without sinning.

He therefore is the only human being un-deserving of punishment. The reason he came into the world was to take on himself all our sin and receive the punishment we should have received.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Isaiah 53:6 The LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

This is what happened on the cross, He the innocent one died an un-deserving death. When he died he carried our sin and thus put it to death also. Three days after his crucifixion Jesus was resurrected and forty days later he ascended into heaven.

Now the way to a relationship with God is open to us: we need to believe that Jesus died for us on the cross; and when he was resurrected he gave us too a new life, a life free from sin and a new identity as God’s children.

Romans 10:9-10: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

All we need to do is putting our hope in Jesus’ sacrifice and believe it is sufficient to make us acceptable before God. There is nothing we can do to make us deserving of God’s grace and forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:8-9 For by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Do you want to become a friend of God, a member of his family?

You can do so by simply asking Jesus to forgive your sins and inviting him into your life, to be your Saviour and your Lord.

You can pray this short prayer now: “Dear Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I hear you died on the cross for my sins. I want to put my trust into what you did for me on the cross. I invite you into my life and to be my Saviour and my Lord. From now on, I want to live for you and with you. Amen.”

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Now that you have put your trust in Jesus, you are a child of God and can have a relationship with Him.

John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God.