Your greatest need is to know that you have a right relationship with God. You must know that you are at peace with God. The wonderful news is that God has already made complete provision for you to be in a right relationship with Him. God has explained it all in the Bible.
How do you enter into a right relationship with God? It's very simple and very clear.
1. First, admit your sin and guilt.
The law is God's perfect expression of righteousness. It is the standard that God requires of every person. It is summarized in the Ten Commandments. How do you measure up to God's standard? Here are some questions for you to answer with an honest heart:
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are guilty of violating God's holy law. And these are only five of the Ten Commandments!
The fact is - we have all repeatedly broken and disobeyed God's moral law and come up short of God's standard.
What are the consequences? The Bible is clear:
"The soul who sins shall die..." Ezekiel 18:20a MEV
"For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23a MEV
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars shall have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. This is the second death." Revelation 21:8 MEV
You may believe that God's goodness will cause Him to overlook your sins, but it's God's goodness that will see to it that justice is done.
If God allows one sin to go unpunished, He is not a righteous Judge.
The first step towards entering a right relationship with God is to admit that you have fallen short of God's standard and you stand guilty before the Judge of this universe.
Let's move on to number 2.
2. Second, acknowledge the total righteousness of Christ.
There is an unachievable standard of righteousness that God has established in the Ten Commandments. But the standard has been achieved in Christ Jesus!
"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15 MEV
"You know that He (Jesus) was revealed to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin." I John 3:5 MEV
"He (Jesus) committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth." I Peter 2:22 MEV
The only One who ever kept the standard, the only One who did not deserve to die - DIED! The Bible says He died for us.
"He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree..." I Peter 2:24a MEV
"For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit." I Peter 3:18 MEV
"While we were yet weak, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:6 MEV
Because of Jesus' death and resurrection from the dead, relationships between God and man can now be reestablished. But how does it happen?
Let's move on to number 3.
3. Third, place your faith in the work of Christ.
There is an unachievable standard of righteousness that God has established called the law. We've all come up short, but there is a ray of hope - look at Romans 3:21-22 (MEV):
"But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets. This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all and upon all who believe, for there is no distinction..."
You can have the righteousness of God by faith, by believing!
"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24 MEV
Do you realize what it means to be justified before God?
It means the righteous standard God requires has been credited to you and your falling short of the standard has been credited to Christ when He died for your sins.
Justification is a free pardon for you even though you've come up short of the standard.
The pardon is given when you truly turn to Jesus Christ in faith.
"Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith, in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins previously committed, to prove His righteousness at this present time so that He might be just and be the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the works of the law." Romans 3:25, 26, 28 MEV
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1 MEV
Will you today admit you've come up short of God's standard and that you stand guilty before a holy God?
Will you confess to God that you have broken His law repeatedly?
Will you turn to God in faith and cast yourself on God's provision - Jesus Christ?
Will you trust Him to be your Savior today?