You may be one of those individuals who throughout your life has been told that you’re just not good enough.
Maybe your parents called you “stupid” or asked why couldn’t you be like your brother or sister – or even the neighbor’s kid. Your parents may have even thrown you out and told you to never come back.
You could be an orphan because your mom abandoned you at childbirth and no one has adopted you. Your whole life has been in an orphanage or going from one foster home to another or you find yourself living on the street doing anything to survive or you are living with someone who abuses you.
You could have grown up as the child of parents who are constantly drunk or on drugs and they beat you or have you steal for them or sexually abuse you.
Maybe you tried out for sports or a cheerleading team or the band or choir, but you were cut from the squad because you just wasn’t good enough
Maybe you have applied for work and were told that others had better qualifications than you do.
You were passed over by your peers because you weren’t smart or weren’t pretty or didn’t have money, or they thought you were weird.
Or perhaps there came a time in your life when your spouse left you and your kids don’t want anything to do with you.
Rejection. You have experienced it time and time again. Maybe you have begun to believe all of the things they say about you – you’re no good; you have no purpose; and you will never be worth anything.
You don’t know what real love is like You have never experienced it. You desperately want it, but don’t know where to find it.
You want acceptance. You want someone to see the real you and want to be your friend.
You want purpose. You want hope. You want to know that there is a reason you exist and that there is a day coming in which things will be better.
You want someone to know and care that deep down inside, you are hurting. You want someone who will be with you in the difficult times. You want someone to talk to. You want someone who will always be with you.
I have good news. God says that He loves you. Yes, God loves you where ever you are right now. He said He would never leave you nor forsake you. He says that you can’t even imagine the things that He has prepared for those that love Him. He wants to adopt you as His child and make you one of His heirs. He says you can come to Him now without fear of rejection and without fear of being told, “You’re not good enough.”
When you die (and all of us will), He will take you to be with Him forever. He will wipe away all of your tears and there will be no more pain nor sorrow nor sickness.
The amazing thing is He offers all of this to you as a gift. It is free. There is nothing you can do to earn His promises or buy them. He says, “Come unto me all of you who are burdened and I will give you rest.” He also promises He will feed you and clothe you.
An ancient writer said this, “I have been young, and now am old. I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children having to beg for bread.”
Personally, I have had some very difficult times in my life, and I can say that God has delivered me out of all of my troubles.
How do you receive this gift? How do you become a child of God?
God says, “You must be born again.” How can you born again? In the Bible, God explains that to be born again means to be saved. You can be saved today. How?
First, you have to understand that God is perfect. Anyone who is not perfect is called a sinner. Well, we are all sinners. Those who have ridiculed you are sinners. Those who seem to be really good and perfect and happy are sinners. Why are they sinners? Because they are not perfect.
Here is Gods test. Have you ever stolen something? Then you are a sinner. Have you ever told a lie? You are a sinner. Have you ever wished you could kill someone? Have you ever had sex with someone who was not you spouse? Have you used the name of God as profanity? Then you are a sinner. God plainly states that all of us are sinners and none of us are perfect like He is.
Because you are a sinner, one day you will die. God said that is the penalty for being a sinner. That’s how we know everyone is a sinner because we know everyone will die and when we do, we will face God’s judgment. Those who appear before God as a sinner, will spend an eternity in a place of torment called hell.
But if everyone is a sinner, how do you escape this judgment? By being born again. Because God loved you so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in your place. Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is like you owed a huge debt that you could never repay and then someone offered to pay it for you.
After his death, Jesus was buried in a tomb, but He didn’t stay there. After three days and three nights, He rose from the dead and went to heaven. Because He overcame death, He has the power to raise you from death as well.
God commands everyone, everywhere to repent. Repentance means that now that you understand that you are a sinner, that you want a different life. Knowing that lying, stealing, cheating, and using God’s name as profanity angers God, you want to change your life to do things that please Him. And it begins by admitting to God that you have sinned. Then, the next step is to simply believe that Jesus was the One who bore your sin, died in your place. was buried, and Whom God resurrected. Because Jesus did all of these things for you, He can save you from the penalty of your sins and torment in hell, and that is why He is called he Savior.
The Bible says, “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name,” and, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
“Whosoever” includes you. “Shall be saved” means not maybe, nor might be, but without a doubt.
Just take God at His word that believing you will be saved. No church, no organization, no group, no good works can save you. God does the saving. All of it!
God’s plan of salvation is very simple: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation.
You might think, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, it is that simple! It is what the Bible says. It is God’s plan. I encourage you to believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today. If you understand and accept that you are a sinner and if you want to become a child of God, then right now, wherever you are, lift your heart to God. Talking to God is called prayer. One sinner in the Bible prayed, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
That’s where you begin with God. Admit you are a sinner and ask Him to save you. If you are struggling for words, here is an example – but understand it’s not an exact set of words that saves you, it’s truly desiring to have God in your life. Here is the example prayer, “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died on the Cross in my place. I believe He shed his blood for me and that though He died and was buried, He rose from the grave. I ask you to save me. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”
Now what do you do? Ask God to lead you to a group of believers who love Him and will teach you about Him.