Check All That Apply (#111)
Bible version used: The Message
Check All That Apply:
No one ever told me life would be:
How’d you do? I picked
(c.) Futile, for most of my life.
I found that living apart from God was both futile and dangerous. I read in the book of Acts that God longs
to help me turn my life upside right. "Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for
you, namely, Jesus." Acts 3:19,20
I got a fresh start when I gave my life to Jesus. "Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.
"The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
It wasn’t until I gave my heart to Jesus that daily, ordinary life was transformed into a purpose-filled
treasure. It didn’t happen quickly. Nothing good ever does. But it started when I realized that God takes delight in anyone who seeks him.
"You are famous, GOD, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight." Psalm 5:12
Living in this relationship with Jesus, I found an inner power and peace that surpasses whatever life circumstances I may experience.
"What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future
in heaven—and the future starts now!" 1 Peter 1:3,4
Giving myself to Jesus turned out not to be a burden, but a delight. "Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way." Psalm 16:11
Since Jesus is Lord of everything, being united with him not only affects my religious practices and my eternal
destiny, but influences my daily work, my leisure and family life. Every aspect of my life is being renewed and filled with purpose.
Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:10
If you want this life-changing relationship with Jesus, get a Bible and read the Gospel of John or Mark. These books explain how God comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ, his only Son, who lived, died, and rose again that all who believe on him can have real life.
Jesus can take care of your sin AND give you a brand-new life. Don’t put it off—give your life to Jesus today!
Words in quotations are from The Message.