My faith is based on the Bible. I know that the Creator of heaven and earth is also the One who created me. He is almighty and powerful but most of all He is holy. He only does what is right and just and pure.
But what about us? What about me? We all have to admit that we are not pure, we are not holy. We lie, steal, envy, lust, kill… (at least in our thoughts). All humans break God’s laws and sin against Him in word, deed and thought. By nature we are rebels and haters of God. We are sinners. All of us deserve the death penalty which means to spend eternity in hell.
But there is hope!
I believe that Jesus, the Son of God, came to this world – being fully God and fully man – to take that death penalty on Himself. Even though He was innocent and had never sinned, He willingly took our sins on Himself and died in our place. Because of His sacrifice, the price for sin has been paid and we can be free from the bondage of sin. And He did not stay in the grave, but rose from the death and lives!
God calls out to people to repent and ask forgiveness for their rebellion against Him; to accept Jesus as Lord and Master, to walk His ways. This forgiveness is entirely undeserved and that’s why it’s called grace. We cannot add anything to God’s wonderful salvation plan, we can only have faith in Jesus as the only way to God.
By God’s grace I have been able to place my trust in Jesus Christ. I am by no means perfect now or without sin – far from it. But I am being sanctified and purified day after day by the Holy Spirit. Seeing this process take place in my life gives so much joy!
I am grateful for the desire God gives me to do His will, to study the Bible, to love what He loves and hate what He hates and to share the good news of forgiveness from sin with others.
Jesus never promised his followers an easy life – on the contrary. But whatever may happen, I am sure of this: when I die, I will be with Him forever. I will be without sin and I will be home!