Power Verse: John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
The Daily Diet…
Before we start, let’s lay a foundation of what it means to be a Jesus follower. In Genesis 1:1 we find that everything starts with “In the beginning, God…” That is the first step to being a child of God, recognizing and submitting to the fact that everything begins and ends with God. He created us and He has spoken to us through His Word, the Bible. It is God’s words and has absolute authority over our lives.
In the Garden of Eden, sin was introduced to the world through three principal characters: Adam, Eve, and Satan. God had said “Do not eat” of two trees in the middle of paradise. Satan, God’s archenemy, lured Eve and then Adam to see and to eat. This separated us from God, each other, nature and ourselves. In Romans 6:23 God tells us that the payment for sin is death, and in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The Old Testament prepares the way for a perfect sacrifice, the payment for this sin. God works through Adam and Eve’s seed to bring about a man Abraham, a family of twelve sons of Jacob, and a country Israel. When the fulness of the time was right, God sent Jesus His son to come to the earth through Abraham and Jacob’s family line, through the country of Israel, to all of us. John 3:16 proclaims the words of eternal life for us.
Through faith in Jesus we are offered the free gift of salvation through grace. We can’t earn it and we don’t deserve it because of our sin. We accept it through faith, calling on God and telling Him that we believe that He exists, that He made us, and that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin. Romans 10:9 states, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
When you believe in your heart, that means that you are changed and that God did it. When you come to faith in God, He gives you a new heart. Instead of being bent of self and sin, you are changed to craving His life and priorities over and above your own. God does that. Your response is to follow Him and to obey His words.