Knowing the Author
Have you discovered the sacred in your story? The word “sacred” means “devoted or worthy.” In order to live a devoted or worthy story, you must be in relationship with the Author. The Bible says God is the Author of life. You may not be sure He exists. You may be unsure how to approach Him. No matter where you are, God writes eternal stories for those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Take a look at the outline below of God’s story which leads you to peace with Him.
God created human beings to reflect His character and perspective. Genesis 1:27 explains, “God created human beings in His image. . .male and female He created them.” The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, lived in uninterrupted relationship with God. Then, they decided they couldn’t trust God’s authority and rebelled against His reign in their lives. The Bible calls the rejection of God’s rule sin. Romans 5:12 elaborates on the results: “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”
The entrance of sin into the human race resulted in the relationship with God being eternally broken. God is perfect in His character and motive and thus, cannot be in the presence of sin. Death, or eternal separation from God, is the debt men and women owe individually for sin. Romans 3:23 and 6:23 speak to the plight of humanity: “For everyone has sinned. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard. . .for the wages of sin is death.” God’s story offers no hope at this point for friendship with men and women.
Thankfully, God did not put a period on His story. The beauty of God’s heart shines brilliantly in this chapter. God took upon Himself the debt every person owes by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay through excruciating death. Jesus entered history as a baby through a virgin birth, performed miracles to validate His position, and lived a sinless life. He was nailed to a Roman instrument of torture for criminals called a cross. When Jesus’ blood poured out of His body, He purchased our forgiveness for sin. Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
Jesus Christ not only proved He had the right to lay down His life for sin, He also proved He had victory over the death penalty through His resurrection. After three days in a tomb, God raised Him to life. I Peter 3:18 describes what happened in the spiritual realm, “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but was raised to life in the Spirit.” Jesus’ death and resurrection is summarized in I Corinthians 15:3-6, “Christ died for our sins just as the Scriptures said. He was buried and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time. . .”
The reality that Jesus remains alive today infuses hope for every woman’s story. He is offering to forgive your sin and to bring you into an eternal relationship. Because Jesus resides in the invisible realm, the way to begin a relationship with Him is through faith. Faith is belief or trust. It doesn’t mean trying on your own to reach Him through “good” efforts. Ephesians 2:8-9 explains, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” The Bible says to believe in Jesus’ work on the cross. When you place your faith in Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf, you are united with Him in faith which means that you are no longer subject to the death penalty. Jesus provides peace with God since His blood covers your sin.
If you have not begun a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can do so through expressing your trust in His death and resurrection. Prayer is having a conversation with God. More important than the words, is the genuine response of your heart. Below is a sample prayer.
“Lord Jesus, you are the Author of my life and story. I confess I have lived apart from you and have sinned against you and others. I choose to trust Your death on the cross to forgive my sins. I believe in Your resurrection as the victory over my death penalty. I place my story in your hands and ask You to be my Lord and Savior. Thank You for your mercy and grace.”
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