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Knowing God

By Michelle Akers

When I really started to look at the scheme of life closely, I thought, I just can’t be here to win soccer trophies and championships. I mean, when it’s all said and done, who really cares if you’re the best in the world or you make the most money or have the hippest clothes, or if you are fat or skinny or bald or whatever? I knew I was missing something.

That is the moment I said OK to God. "Here is Your shot," I told Him. "I am giving You my wrecked body and life. Let’s see what You can do with it." Well, to my surprise, God started to clean house. The cool thing is God wants you to know Him too. And He waits ever so patiently for you to turn to Him. Christ is available to everyone, no matter who you are, no matter what you have done or what you are facing.

He will change your life. That’s why they call it the gift of grace. You can’t earn it, and you certainly don’t deserve it. But God loves each of us so much that He let His Son die so we could know Him personally.

Here are four principles that will help guide you in your first steps toward a new life in Christ.

1. One love, one purpose
Know that God loves you and He created you to know Him personally. "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).

2. We all fall way, way short
We are separated from God because we are sinful, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

3. The Gift
There is only one way to know God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ died in our place … then He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

4. By invitation only
We must individually receive Christ; then we can know God personally and experience His love.

We can only receive Christ through faith and by personal invitation. It takes faith to ask God into your heart; and, with this faith, you must ask Christ to be that bridge to God, to be your Savior. You must personally choose Christ to be the foundation and center of your life … "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).

When we receive Christ, we are born again. Read John 3:1-8.

To become a Christian, you need only say a short prayer and acknowledge the death of Christ in your place and your need for Christ to be at the center of your life.

If you can’t find the words, let me help you. You can say this prayer. It is the same one that I prayed to become a Christian when I was 14.

Dear God,
Thanks so much for sending Your Son to die in my place. I want to know You personally. I want You to change my life. I want You to be the center of who I am. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life with You. Now, take my life and make me who You want me to be and give me the courage and strength to go where You want me to go. Amen.

Excerpted from Michelle Akers’ homepage ©1998. Used by permission.

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