Do you know what your purpose is on Earth? Do you know why you are here? Do you know where you are going after you die? The Bible answers all of these questions. The first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The first thing you must realize is that God created the universe. He is the creator and sustainer of everything that exists. Not only that, the Bible says “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). The second thing you must realize is that God created you. We did not evolve from monkeys or fish or goo, we were created by God. We are not here by random chance and serve no purpose; God created us for a reason.
The Bible goes on to say, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). The third thing you must realize is that God created you in His own image. He gave us emotions, thoughts, feelings, etc. because these are characteristics that God possesses.
To sum up, we are here on Earth because God created us and put us here. Our purpose on Earth is to serve Him and bring Him glory. Are you meeting that purpose? Are you serving God with your life? If not, don’t worry, the Bible gives us answers why. The Bible tells us why so many of us do not serve God.
Why is there so much evil in the world? Why are there so many people that don’t believe in God? Why can’t we all just get along? Though these questions take a lot of time to answer, and many great philosophers and thinkers have done that, I want to share with you what the Bible says about these issues. Going back to the book of Genesis, we already learned that God created mankind, but we haven’t learned about man’s mistake. We know the story: God placed Adam and Eve in a garden, told them to be fruitful and multiply, but warned them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan deceived them and they ate of the fruit – exactly what God did not want them to do.
What they did is called sin. Sin means “to miss the mark” or to “not live up to a standard”. God told Adam and Eve His standard (not to eat of the tree) and they disobeyed it. They sinned. Guess what? Adam and Eve have passed on that sin nature to us. We have the capacity to sin as they did. Are you surprised? The Bible says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all disobey God because it is in our nature. The reason why there is so much evil in the world is because of sin. If we could stop sinning, we could stop evil. But none of us can! Give it a try sometime – go one day without doing anything wrong (no lying, evil thoughts, anger, lust, etc.). It is impossible! Unfortunately, it gets worse.
The Bible says “just as through one man sin entered the world (from Adam), and death through sin, thus death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God is not pleased with sin. He hates it. Sin separates us from God. The real reason why so many people do not believe in God, or don’t live their lives for Him, is because sin has separated us from Him. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). He cannot have fellowship with sin or darkness. It gets worse….
God must punish sin and those that practice it. Part of God’s nature is to be holy (set apart and perfect) and just (rewarding what is right and punishing what is wrong). Since sin is rebelling against Him, just as Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden, He must punish rebellion. He has to – if He didn’t, He wouldn’t be just. Therefore God says “if you do not obey Me, I will punish you” (Leviticus 26:18). And He says, “the cowardly, the unbelieving, the corrupt, the murderers, and the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol-worshippers, and all liars – shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
All of us have done some of the things in this list. All of us have lied, all of us have had an immoral thought, all of us have placed something other than God as the most important thing in our life. We all deserve God’s punishment!
Is there any way to escape the punishment of God? Is there any way to escape spending an eternity separated from God? Is there any way to overcome sin? Once again, all of these answers can be found in Scripture. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23). Even though God has condemned sinners and has separated Himself from them, He hasn’t given up on them. God is not out to get you. God loves you. God wants nothing but good things for you. That is why He gave you a way to escape punishment and overcome sin. He sent His one and only Son, who was fully God and fully human, to die on a cross to pay for the punishment of your sins. In other words, God punished His Son, instead of you, so that you could be forgiven for your sins. Isn’t that cool? God wants to forgive you of all the wrong that you’ve done. The Bible says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God loves everyone. God wants to save and forgive everyone.
The Bible also says “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God died for us despite the fact that we don’t acknowledge Him, have been living in disobedience to Him, and don’t give Him the glory He deserves. It’s one thing to give up one’s life for a friend, it’s quite another to give up one’s life for an enemy. Guess what? Even though we have been enemies of God, He still gave up His life for us. What a loving God that created us!
How do I receive God’s forgiveness? How do I become a believer in God and His Son Jesus Christ? How can I be sure I’ll go to heaven when I die? If you have made it to this point, congratulations! You have begun to realize your need for God’s forgiveness and His love in your life. You are also realizing your need for Jesus Christ. Now we get to the good part – how to receive God into your life. The Bible says “by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). In other words, our salvation from our sins is not something we earn. It is something we receive. Just like a kid at Christmas, he doesn’t have to earn the gifts given to him, he just receives them gladly. In the same way, we just need to simply receive God’s gift of forgiveness. The Bible also says “your faith has saved you” (Luke 7:50) and “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
We receive God’s gift of forgiveness by our faith. In more simple terms: believe!!! God simply wants us to believe in what His Son did for us on the cross and the fact that He rose from the dead. At this point, you might be asking yourself, is that all I have to do? And the answer is Yes! Here’s one more verse: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). It’s that simple. God wanted it to be easy for us. It wasn’t easy for Him, of course, because He paid the price for our sins, but He graciously made it easy for us. There is one more thought….
There are people out there that think they have placed their faith in God and think they believe in Jesus, but they really don’t. How can you tell? Here’s how – its called repentance. You see, even the demons believe in God and they know Jesus died and rose again for sin (James 2:19; Mark 5:6-7). That doesn’t mean we will see them in heaven! Someone who truly believes in Jesus Christ will repent of their sins, their past lifestyle, and their rebellion against God. The Bible tells us to “repent of your [sinful] lifestyle” (Revelation 2:22), “repent of your wickedness” (Acts 8:22), “repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doing” (Jeremiah 25:5), and “repent and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin”
(Ezekiel 18:30). From these verses we can conclude that repentance means to turn away from our previous lifestyle of sin. Does that mean we have to be perfect? Absolutely not. It just means we are going to live our lives for God and not for ourselves or for the world. We are going to give all of our life to Jesus Christ; not just some of it. Jesus told His true followers to “deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). This means to give up our desires and daily pursue God’s desires for us.
If you agree with what’s been written above, and want to accept Jesus Christ into your life, and want to be forgiven of your sins and go to heaven when you die, then pray the following prayer between you and God:
Dear God, thank you for creating me. Thank you for saving me. I realize that I have sinned against you. I have broken your laws and commandments and disobeyed you. I’m sorry. I want to repent of my sin and my past lifestyle. I want to receive your forgiveness. I believe you sent your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I believe He rose from the dead and conquered sin. I invite Him into my life. I want to live for Jesus Christ. Come into my life and make me new. In Jesus name, Amen.