God created you, and He loves you.
Now some of you may think this is obvious, old news, but I know for a fact that there are many people out there who really struggle with this. I’m here to proclaim it’s the truth!
No matter the circumstances of the beginning of your existence, whether your parents were married and planned for you or called you an “oops” or got carried away on a date or, well, however you came to be, God Himself seized the opportunity and chose to create YOU. Your parents may or may not have made a “mistake” or worse, but you yourself are God’s own creation by choice—and He adores you.
This is the truth.
And, no matter how you’ve been treated by others or what you’ve done with your life since that point, this truth still remains. God created you, and He loves you, and, best of all, He wants a permanent, personal relationship with you.
This is good news! Amazing, in fact, when you think of it. The Almighty Creator of the Universe wants to be known and loved by you. God loves you.
But, there is some bad news, too. Though God Himself created you, your life has been infected by sin.
Some people don’t understand this. They think God should have prevented it.
He could have. I have no doubt.
But He’s kind of committed to this thing called free will.
Sometimes I really hate free will—like, when people misuse it and freely choose wrong things and freely reject the God Who loves them so much.
Free will means we are free to make our own choices. We can choose to do right things. We can choose to do wrong things. We can choose to follow God—or not. We are free to choose.
Now why would a good and loving God allow the people He adores to choose to do things that might hurt themselves or others? Oversimplified—it’s because He loves us and wants us to love Him, too—by choice. Without free will, we are puppets who do what we are made to do, slaves compelled to obey. God doesn’t want puppets or slaves. He wants children who love Him because He first loved them.
Which brings me back to that bad news: God gave His children free will and they exercised it by breaking the one rule he gave them, and every created human being since has been infected with sin, and sin separates us from God because God is holy—absolutely perfect. Sin cannot exist in His Presence. Sin in our lives keep us from Him.
But this is not God's fault. We brought it on ourselves—by choice. Yes. God gave humanity the choice to freely choose, but humanity made the choice. Humanity made the wrong choice. God created us. He loves us. He gave us this amazing gift called free will, so that we could love Him by choice and enjoy His Presence forever—and we chose something else. We have no one to blame, but ourselves.
Thankfully, this is not the end of the story.
God still loves us—sin infected or not. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay the price for our sin. Then He raised Jesus from the dead in a most glorious triumph over death—sin’s consequence. If we admit there is sin in our life, tell God we are sorry for it, and ask for His forgiveness, He gives it, because of Jesus. Then Jesus clothes us in His very own righteousness. That’s right! He takes our ugly sin away and covers us in His perfect righteousness, and then we can enjoy that beautiful relationship that God originally intended when He first created us.
It’s just that simple! Believe this! Hear me, please.
Once we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives—by choice—by exercising our God-given free will, we’ll still struggle through this life. We’ll make wrong choices. We may occasionally yield to sin. We’ll have problems to solve and challenges to overcome. But God will be with us. We can talk to Him about these things, and He will help us. He’ll guide us back to right paths. He’ll tell us when we’ve sinned and forgive us when we admit it and vow to try again. He’ll comfort and encourage and strengthen and lead and bless—for the rest of our lives!
And then He’ll take us to Heaven where we’ll be perfected at last, free from temptation, free from tears, free of pain—and able to see our Maker clearly—forever! We’ll enjoy life with Him for all eternity.
- God created you—intentionally. You are not a mistake.
- He loves you dearly—more than any human being ever has or possibly can.
- He wants a permanent, personal relationship with you.
- He gives you the freedom to choose.
- He sent His one and only Son to die for you in order to give you this choice.
- He rose this Son from the dead to conquer death for all time, so you don’t have to die when you die.
- If you haven’t already received Jesus as your Savior, He’s waiting for you to do so now.
- He is very patient because He loves you.
- When you welcome Him into your life, all Heaven will rejoice and your eternal life with Jesus will begin.
- He will never leave you or forsake you.
- He will walk beside you all through this life until He’s ready to take you home.
Talking with Jesus is as simple as talking to a friend. Simply tell Him what’s on your mind and in your heart. He already knows these things—better, even, than you do. But it helps you to vocalize them—and He loves to hear your voice. If you’re not sure how to start, try this: Lord Jesus, thank You for creating me. Thank You for giving me life. I’m sorry I haven’t always lived the way You intended. Please forgive my sin. Thank You for dying on the cross for me that I can enjoy a forever life with You! I invite You to be Lord of my life. Please help me to know You better every day of my life from now on, so that I can faithfully live for You. Thank You for Your Presence now—and for all eternity. I love You, Lord Jesus. Amen.