“For me personally, I think it has a lot to do through music. Music is how I feel I express myself the best, where I’m most vulnerable, where I’m most super in-tune with my emotions. That’s kind of how he gets in tact with me.”
“He started a relationship without me knowing that he started it.”
“Well, I’m having it right here now in a sense. I’m free. I’m enjoying the day fishing.”
“At this point in my life, I really don’t know. I guess I just don’t try to figure it out. I just have to trust that it’s there and not try to figure it out.”
“Look! Look! Just look around you. There’s not a whole lot that you have to do to develop a relationship. Look at all of this that was given to us to enjoy. All you have to do is say ‘Thank you.’”
Are you just born with a right relationship with God? Does having a right relationship with God solely depend on you? Do people end up OK regardless of the direction that they take?
The question was, does God provide a way for me to have a relationship with him. The answer is yes, but it does not include our own righteousness. Titus 3:5 says, not by works of righteousness which have done, but according to his mercy he saves us. My good works, religion, or self-righteousness will not wash away my sin. For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it’s a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.
Yes, Jesus took the punishment of death for our sin. Because we could not go to God because of our sin, God came to us. He sent his sinless son, Jesus, to die for us. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. If a gun-man was threatening to kill my son, I would do whatever I could do to save my son’s life. I would give whatever I have, I’d intervene, I’d even substitute. But if that same gun-man had a pistol to your head, I wouldn’t take my son and offer him in your place. No, I’d die for my son, but I wouldn’t have my son die for you. But that is exactly what the Father did for you.
But Jesus did not stay dead. The Bible tells us that he was buried and that he rose again the third day. Jesus is the only one that can take away sin and sin’s power, because he won the victory through being raised from the dead. Jesus Christ wants to take your sin and give you his righteousness.
Does God provide a way to restore your relationship with him? Yes. God saves all those who turn from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone. Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. To repent means to turn from your own self-effort, to turn from your own works, and to trust in Jesus Christ alone. For Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man commeth unto the Father but by me.”
If God is at work in your heart, then why don’t you right now admit that you are a sinner. Admit that you deserve the wrath of God. But believe. Believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came and took your place. He died so that you might live. And then call on the name of the Lord. Put your will under his will. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.