This letter was taken from the book, Real Grace, helping to share the greatest news, the greatest gift!
Dear Joe and Belinda,
It has been a joy to have you in our home. We will pray for you as you go on your way to be a blessing to many more families and children. I woke up this morning having a desire to share with you what we believe because our walk with God is the most important thing in our lives. You had shared how many people in your country go to church but it doesn’t affect how they live. I am concerned that many people may be going through the motions of a religion rather than having a living relationship with an awesome God.
Christianity has gotten a bad reputation in the world as a list of “dos and don’ts,” but in reality, God wants to bless us in every area of our lives as we enter relationship with the Creator of this universe.
I am going to share with you what we believe—that we have learned from God’s Word, the Bible—which has changed our lives:
God is real and He loves us more than we can understand. He created us to be in relationship with Him. In the beginning, God gave people a choice to follow Him or not. Sin came into the world because we chose not to follow Him. Each day, even though I do a lot of good things, my independent self wants to do my own thing and I don’t always honor God.
Here is the problem. God is a God of justice and holiness. He hates sin even though He loves me. I cannot be in true relationship with God because of sin in my life, unless that sin is forgiven—just like if I hurt Sheila, our relationship hurts until we find forgiveness. I will never enter Heaven unless my sin problem is taken care of. So what do I do? That is why God came to earth as Jesus. It is so amazing! He took my punishment. He died and suffered the pain of Hell for me so that my sins could be washed away. All I need to do is realize that I need His Gift, that I am a sinner. I need to ask God to forgive me and come into my life to be my Lord and Master. (In other words, I need to step out of the control seat.)
God loved me so much that He gave His life for me! Even when I mess up, I thank God that He has forgiven me and I can live in freedom. All of my sins, present, past and future have been forgiven because of Jesus’ blood shed for me. Now my role is to live joyfully before Him and to share this message of hope with others. If you don’t have a personal walk with God, talk to Him about it. Ask Him to show you if He is real and to show you His plan for you. Let Him be the Master of your life—He has great plans for each of us.
Our time on this earth is pretty short and then what? God has a beautiful plan for us here on Earth and after we die. In the meantime, we get to share God’s message of hope with a world that is hurting. If you want to learn more, let me know. I will give you a call to see if you have any questions.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
May God bless you as you seek Him!
Share His love with the world!