In life, we have a desire to do things our own way. I am guilty of this. You are guilty of this. Everyone you know is guilty of this. However, this is not the way things are supposed to be.
Human beings also have a tendency to mess things up. Even though we desire to do things our way, sometimes this does not work out the way that we intended it to. We may intend for good to come from something, but the outcome may be just the opposite. We may intend to help someone, but instead we hurt them. This is part of doing things our way.
Isaiah the prophet described mankind as sheep that have gone astray. When we try to go on our own, and do our own thing, this is exactly what happens. When God created the world, we were all part of God's flock. Then, Adam, the first man, sinned. Since then, mankind has continued to sin. Our own selfish desires have scattered us, and caused us to run away from God. However, God had a plan.
God was not going to let His flock go. Instead, He offered redemption to those who accept it. He will not make us come to Him. God does not force us to do anything that we do not want to do. Rather, He holds His arms open for us to return, if we so desire. He has left the choice up to us.
However, God has made only one way back to Him. This way back to Him is through His Son. God loved you, and me, so much that He sent His only Son to take the punishment for our rebellion. This is how much God loves us.
God allowed Jesus to take the punishment for our sins so that we can be restored to a right relationship with Him. This is the greatest gift that mankind has ever received--God's Son as our Savior! Now, the choice is up to us. We can either accept Him, or we can reject Him. We can call Him our Lord, or we can spit in His face.
I choose to accept Jesus. The question I have here today is this: If you do not know Jesus today, do you want to know Him? You can, and He already knows you. If you would like to know Jesus, just ask Him. Ask Him for forgiveness for your sins, and He will forgive you. I know this, and you can, too!
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