Leave it up to an 18-year-old to come up with a really deep question. I couldn’t believe he asked me this. My internet friend, Zach Younkin asked if he could feature an interview of me on two blogs here and here. I agreed, and then proceeded to look through the questions he sent back to me. They looked pretty simple to answer until I got to #10:
If you could share one message with the world, what would it be?
Honestly, how would you answer this question? There are so many things I’d like to say! So let me say it now, while I have a chance. Here goes:
God is real* [see note, below]. This life is all about Him, not about us. We were not created for this world alone, but for Heaven, where God dwells. He’s too holy and pure for us to approach, but He provided a way for us to be united with Him in Jesus Christ. Jesus did two things for us:
- Lived the perfect life we can’t live
- Died in our place, so we don’t have to die
As you realize you need a Savior (only He can make this clear to you), you must look to Him, for He is the only way to Heaven. Admit your need. Repent of your sins and failings. Tell Him you need Him as your Savior, for you cannot get to Him on your own. Ask his Spirit to come into you and dwell within.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
We need to be saved from sin, from suffering, from selfishness, and from hopelessness and despair. Is anyone completely satisfied, happy and fulfilled in this world? Not completely, but we can be in the next world — and we can walk with Him and learn from Him in the present one. He’s a real and personal God — not a collection of several different gods and ideas. He has a distinct personality that is characterized by love, righteousness and justice. He’s involved and present in our lives, and wants the best for us. “The best” will be a matter of setting aside our own selfish interests, plans and schemes; and letting Him change us from the inside out. It’s a matter of letting Him be God; letting Him rule in our life. Sometimes He accomplishes this by allowing trials, loss and difficulties to surround us. It helps us realize we’re not God, not in control, and we need a Savior.
All that He does is good, right and just — so everything He allows in our lives has a purpose — to draw us closer to Him, and to develop character, trust and security in us. We can be secure because His love for us is unconditional. This is where so many religions and “religious” Christians get it wrong — they think it’s about trying to please him, measure up, be “good Christians,” or do the “right thing.” We cannot do this. We fail time and time again. It’s not about us; it’s about Him. The goodness in me comes as a result of being close to Him, and as a result of His Spirit in me, never as something I do to try to please Him. That is the difference.
It’s not about me; it’s all about Him. It’s all about Jesus — Savior, Friend, Creator, All-knowing, Always Present, Forgiving, All-Sufficient, Sovereign Lord, Comforter, Lover, Friend, Guide, Counselor, Provider, Holy, Just, Perfect, Good, Loving, Pure, Enough
*How do I know God is real? Several reasons — three times He has healed me instantly of various physical conditions. I felt it happen. I will be glad to share about these situations in future posts. I have experienced other miracles as well as humorous situations with my Lord. Many times — daily, in fact — He speaks to me in His Word. I don’t go looking for scriptures to match my mood or situation. I just read the next devotion, scripture, or chapter in the book I’m reading. He always has specific words, instructions and encouragement for me that fit exactly what I’m experiencing. He’s real; I’m certain of it. I’ve been healed, rescued from perilous situations, instructed specifically in matters I’ve asked Him about, comforted and encouraged in my deepest sorrows. He answers questions, gives wisdom, and does the things that only He can do. No doubt about it — He’s real! These are the very things I write about in my blog, because I want all of you to understand that He is real, not my imagination! He is enough for me because I can’t add anything to His works on my behalf. There is nothing in this world I need more than I need Him. There is nothing that satisfies or fulfills as much as He does. This is why we Child Advocates for Compassion International want so badly to share these truths with children and their parents around the world–children in need, not only of meals, immunizations and education, but of hope, purpose and security — in others words, they need a Savior. Will you sponsor a child today? This is God’s heartbeat, for He cares about each and every one.