How Can I Become A Christian?
“You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you.” – Augustine
“Man searches in vain, but finds nothing to help him, other than to see an infinite emptiness that can only be filled by One who is infinite and unchanging. In other words, it can only be filled by God Himself.” – Blaise Pascal
Many people seek to fill that God shaped emptiness with pleasure, prosperity, or power, anything but God, and yet the emptiness remains.
Why? Because finite things can never fill an infinite emptiness. The search for fulfillment in life must begin with God. Did you know that there is a God who searches for us?
God’s Position: The God who searches is a God of love. His desire is to have a loving relationship with us.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
Imagine you are given a glass of cold refreshing water. Just before you put the glass to your lips you are told that a small drop of cyanide has been added to the water. However, since it is such a small amount of cyanide, you needn’t worry. What harm can such a small amount of poison do to a full glass of cool, clear water? But you know that no matter how small the dose of poison, it contaminates the whole glass of water. In the same way, God cannot allow even a small amount of sin into heaven lest it contaminate the entire place.
People who are searching must realize three things:
They fall short of God’s standard of perfection.
They face God’s penalty of eternal separation.
“For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation), but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
They fail to enjoy God’s love.
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, so that He does not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2
Picture yourself with all of humanity lined up at the rim of a canyon. The only way to get across the one-mile chasm is to jump. The distance you can jump is directly proportional to how many good deeds you have performed.
A mass murderer jumps only one foot and plummets downward. If you are an exceptionally good person, you may be able to jump 25 feet. But this is still short of the goal.
One by one they try, but fall short of the other side. In the same way, even though some people perform more good deeds than others, all of us fall short of perfection.
God, in the person of Jesus Christ, took the initiative in searching for us.
God substituted Christ’s perfection for our imperfection through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18
God satisfied both His love and perfection, thereby making a relationship with Him possible.