Bold explorationsÂ ofÂ outer space andÂ stunning picturesÂ transmittedÂ back to earthÂ have created newÂ levels of wonder atÂ the marvels of theÂ universe. As currentÂ as this interest mightÂ be, it is certainly notÂ new. Long ago, as David,Â a young shepherd, lifted hisÂ eyes and scanned the starry sky, heÂ was awestruck with the Creator of it all,Â and wondered why such a great God wasÂ involved in the affairs of men (Psalm 8:3-Â 4). Our amazing universe should motivateÂ us to consider our relationship with God,Â the Creator.
The Lord Jesus Christ tells of a manÂ who tried to adjust his relationship withÂ Almighty God, but did it too late. LukeÂ 16 depicts a person totally captivatedÂ by the good things in his life. HisÂ relationship with God was secondary,Â and his preparation to meet God wasÂ inadequate. The Lord Jesus described theÂ man in Hell: â€œHe lifted up his eyes,â€ but itÂ was to plead for mercy. The final words toÂ this desperate man denied him access intoÂ Godâ€™s presence forever.
Our acceptance by God hinges onÂ a definite, personal relationship withÂ Him. Sin precludes a relationship withÂ God. Because of sin, we fail to know andÂ appreciate God â€“ to truly love Him withÂ heart, soul, andÂ mind (MatthewÂ 22:37).
Yet God lovesÂ us so muchÂ that He gaveÂ His own SonÂ â€œthat we should notÂ perishâ€ (John 3:16).Â Picture the LordÂ Jesus Christ hours fromÂ the cross, with His focusÂ heavenward! â€œHe lifted upÂ His eyesâ€ and prayed that weÂ might know â€œthe only true God, andÂ Jesus Christâ€ (John 17:3). This experienceÂ of knowing God and His Son could onlyÂ happen through the death and willingÂ sacrifice of the Lord Jesus in payment forÂ our sin.
The onus then is clearly on us. We canÂ live without knowing Him, or we canÂ lift our eyes away from lifeâ€™s possibilitiesÂ and problems to give this relationshipÂ with God our undivided attention. Lifeâ€™sÂ uncertainties demand the latter, but whatÂ is required?
Our approach to God must be throughÂ the â€œone mediator between God and men, theÂ Man, Christ Jesusâ€ (1 Timothy 2:5). OurÂ condition must be one of true repentanceÂ â€“ an honest acknowledgment of our sin.
We must lift our eyes in faith to grasp theÂ fact that the Lord Jesus Christ died for ourÂ sins. Only the actual acceptance of Godâ€™sÂ free offer of forgiveness will establish thatÂ intimate relationship with God that isÂ precious in life and essential in eternity.
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