Friendship is a gift; friendship with God is an eternal gift. A broken friendship is a tragedy; a broken friendship with God is an eternal tragedy. While we may occasionally be successful at restoring some of our friendships, there is only one thing that will restore our friendship with God.
Romans 5:6-11 reveals The Single Essential Element To Connect with God
1. Only one thing repairs your connection with God
Romans 5:6, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” NIV
You were powerless to help yourself. Your connection with God was broken beyond your ability to repair it. You were scheduled to receive His wrath because of the wrong that you had done. However, God stepped in for you, sending Jesus to die for you so that you could be justified rather than condemned.
Jesus repairs your connection with God.
2. Only one thing closes the distance between you and God
Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” NIV
You were on a journey wandering far away from God. While you were traveling farther away Jesus sped toward you and met you. This is an incredible demonstration of God’s love – He died for you while you were in the process of breaking God’s heart, and closed the distance between you and God.
Jesus meets you where you’re at.
3. Only one thing removes the cause of your disconnect with God
Romans 5:9, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him” NIV
By your faith in Jesus you are justified (declared righteous). Because of Jesus’ death you’ve been completely forgiven. You can be confident that you will never be judged for the things you have done wrong.
Jesus forgives you and takes away all reasons for any disconnect with God.
4. Only one thing recognizes your lack of ability and does what needs to be done on your behalf
Romans 5:11, “We also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” NIV
Because of your faith in Jesus you can now boast about Jesus because you’ve received reconciliation, a new and healed connection with God. You can boast because you’ve received something you could never get for yourself – your connection with God is a gift. You can boast because you don’t have to work hard at being good enough to please God – you’ve achieved what all the other self proclaimed “good” people haven’t, an eternal connection with God, a connection that being good can’t achieve.
Jesus freely connects you with God because of your faith in Him.
The Single Essential Element To Connect With God is your faith in Jesus.
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