Finding Christ

Finding Christ: When people accept the Christian message and put their trust and faith in Jesus, it can be a very emotional experience. It often feels as if, suddenly, a great weight has been lifted from their shoulders.

But for others, there is no amazing moment, no giant release of emotion. Either experience is perfectly valid, because, most importantly, that moment brings three indisputable facts into a person’s life. They can look into a mirror and tell themselves what God has guaranteed. There are three truths that hopefully come into focus.

1. I AM ACCEPTED

Joining the body of believers is like being adopted. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and you take your place in the family, with full rights and privileges, a joint heir to the Kingdom of God with the Lord Jesus Christ.

I know that’s a hard concept to grasp, but think of it this way—your entry into heaven is the very reason Christ offered Himself on the cross. He died to wash away our sins and, in doing so, made us acceptable to God the Father. Jesus is, as He put it, “the way, the truth and the life.”

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

Finding Christ: A bond that cannot be broken

No longer estranged from God, we are close, with an eternal bond that cannot be broken. Christ accepts us as brothers and sisters. We are included. He invites us to join Him in bringing the good news. Jesus relates to us and does not judge.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, (Ephesians 1:3-8)

There is no more conflict with God, as we are brought into his family.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

Finding Christ: A full member of God’s family

As a full member of the family, the new believer is involved is something far greater than him/herself. The plan all along was for believers to take on the work of Christ and share it with the world.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (I Corinthians 12:27)

It was no accident. It was a pre-planned action that God had in mind for everyone who turns to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

2. I AM SECURE

Names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life have a guarantee, a rock-solid covenant with God. They are made new and have experienced a spiritual rebirth. It’s not smoke and mirrors, there are no special effects, and it’s not emotional. It’s logic. God has offered His Son for us and those who accept the gift are saved. That’s the plan. There is no “Plan B.”

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. (1 John 5:18)

Finding Christ: What is God’s plan for our life?

Part of that security we talk about is God’s plan for our lives.

And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:30-31)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

3. I AM SIGNIFICANT

This final promise is difficult to understand sometimes. Your real value is through God. It is that which He gives you. You are important to Him, because, in addition to all the aforementioned reasons, you are a parent of His family.

He is your Father. Your social standing, your income, your profession are of no value to God, but you are. So you ask, “Who am I?” The answer for believers is simple, “I am a child of God.” And no, we are not all God’s children. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life are.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Think of it this way– God’s only son died on the cross to pay your penalty. If nothing else, that makes you significant. God paid dearly for you.