Being in a relationship with Jesus is not about choosing between Heaven and Hell. In that regard, there is no choice. We will always choose that good over that evil. Being in a relationship with God is about realizing we are sinners, and that Jesus died for our sins. It is about reveling in the fact that God loves you, even though he knows the good, the bad, and the ugly in your life. It is in sitting in awe that God can love you no matter what.
In order to have this awe, one must first understand the depths of one’s sins, or at least to be aware there is always more to our dirty little secrets than we want to admit. It is in learning to be still when we stand in the light of his truth. While this process is scary at first, after awhile, we learn to be more humble and joyful. How can we not be joyful when we more fully realize how amazing it is that our God loves us no matter what?
Being in a relationship with God is also about letting God heal our sinful nature. It is about growing in holiness, and becoming more like him. It is about being so filled with his love that it overflows from our lives into the lives of others. It is about seeing God in other people, and loving not just God within them, but also loving the most wretched of people because that person is loved by God. That person is lovable because God made him or her.
Can you imaging what the world would look like if we could all enter into this process with vigor? Unfortunately for some of us, it isn’t so easy. Still, God takes us by the hand, and takes us through the process at the pace most productive to our individual needs.
Be at peace today. The God who loves you and sent his Son to die for you, longs to lead you to a life of greater joy, fulfillment, and love. Enter into this process with God, and learn to walk ever more fully in the light of truth, peace, and love.