I trust that you are doing well today. I am doing fine.
If you have not done so already, may I strongly encourage you to get to know your God? Dear friend, you will not have a happy, fulfilling, successful life without God as your center. It simply will not happen.
Now when I say get to know God, I am not talking about joining a church, getting baptized, doing good works, or becoming more active in church. I am talking about getting to know God personally for yourself. Here is what I mean:
First of all, understand that you are a sinner like the rest of us. Yes, believe it or not, each of us born into this world has sinned. Each one of us has broken the laws of God. The Bible states plainly:
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
Second, God wants us to understand that because of our sin, there is a great punishment and that punishment is death — both spiritual death and physical death. You see, because of sin, we not only die physically, but also because of sin we die spiritually. This spiritual death is actually eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. Notice what God’s Word says about this death:
“For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8
Third, after realizing our sad and condemned condition, God wants us to understand that He loves us more than we love ourselves. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live, suffer, shed His blood and die on Calvary’s cross for your sin and mine. After Jesus’ earth-shaking death that day, He was buried and three days later He arose again by the power of God. You remember this verse, don’t you? You probably learned it in Sunday School when you were a child:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
In order to really know God, you must go through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Notice what Jesus Christ said Himself:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus Christ is the only way to joy, peace and to eternal life. Here is how to accept Him into your heart according to the scriptures:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” – Romans 10:9
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13
Dear friend of mine, if you want to know God, the source of all love, joy, peace, real happiness and true success, believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose again for you, and ask Him to come into your heart and save you. And He will. You have God’s Word on it.
In His Amazing Grace,
Daniel Whyte III
“Our salvation comes to us so easily because it cost God so much.” – Oswald Chambers
“So, Pastor McKinney, you must think you are saved because you are a good fellow.” “No, I am not a good fellow. I just have a good Saviour.” – Charles McKinney
“No man is ever the same after God has laid His hand upon him.” – A. W. Tozer
“Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight victoriously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Death is not the end for someone who has faith in Jesus Christ.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu
“I am ready to die, not because I have lived as well as I should have; I am ready to die because Jesus lived and died so well for me.” – Daniel Whyte III
This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Letters to Young Black Men. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.