I recently decided to “Re-boot” this blog into something more meaningful, because we live in a world that is filled with people who are looking for answers and can only find the enjoyable, quick, stress relieving answers. But the reality is that the real answers to life are all found in one place. Do you want to know what that place is? Good. That is the first step.
There are a few steps that you need to take to get to the one, true answer of life. I would like to run you through them. They can all be found in a book called “Romans”. It is written by a guy who was constantly being thrown into so many struggles in his life. The struggles that he faced were sometimes emotional, physical, and spiritual. Even through all of these struggles, he remained strong in these steps that I am about to share with you. But I must point out that this book is part of a whole series of books that tells the full story. Romans gets to the most important parts but there is so much more to the story. But for now, let’s get into Romans.
1. Nobody is Perfect (Romans 3:10)
It says in the book of Romans that “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Now that may seem pretty depressing but at the moment I just want you to think about that. No one is righteous. What does that mean? It means that no one has the ability to become the perfect human being. No one is able to overcome the struggles of this world on their own. Just realize that for now. We will get back to this in later steps.
2. Nobody is Worthy (Romans 3:23)
Because nobody is perfect, we are not worthy of the answer to life. That may seem strange but just think. If we can’t do it on our own then how are we worthy of something that will give us, well, give us our life??? How are we worthy of this wonderful gift? How are we worthy to receive the answer to life? Well, we aren’t. it is just that simple. Again, wrap your mind around that, because the answer to life doesn’t care that we are not perfect or worthy.
3. Sin = Death (Romans 6:23)
This is an extremely important step to think about! First of all, sin is the darkness in us that makes us think disobey rules, cause the struggles in our life, and bring anger, death, and sadness to this life. The first ever human being brought sin into this world and it has reigned ever since, until one day when the answer to life came to us. This answer to life came to us in a baby. A baby that came from a virgin. This baby was a holy baby, a perfect baby, a worthy baby. This baby was human, but not human. Now this may sound like some sort of super hero story, and in a way, it is, but this super hero isn’t like all of the ones that we watch movies about and play around as as little kids. This super hero loved each and every one of the people on this earth so much that he came from his place up in heaven and became a human being!
4. Christ Died for Us (Romans 5:8)
This super hero was named Jesus. Jesus came down to the earth to die for every single person on this earth because of the previous steps I told you about. The answer to life is JESUS! Yes. The answer to life is Jesus Christ. He came and saved us from Sin, which leads to Death. He knows you by name! That is how much he cares for you! And if you reject that he will still love you with all of his heart because he created you, knows your every need and want, and would love for you just to turn around and run into his arms. Is there really anything better than that in this life? Jesus is God’s one and only son and he sent him to die for us because he loved us so much. All you have to do, as it says in John 3:16, is believe!
5. Confess and Believe (Romans 10:9)
This is part of the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice for us: the only thing that we have to do now is confess and believe! That’s it! We just need to tell God, “I am a sinner. You are perfect. I need you. You love me. I believe that you died for me and I accept you into my heart.” Confess and Believe. That is what it takes to get the answer to life! Confess and Believe. Tell Jesus that you need him and that you can’t do anything without him. That is all he asks, because he knows that without him we are powerless. The only way that we can make this life mean anything is if we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us and bring him into our lives.
6. Be Baptized in His Name (Romans 6:4)
What God wants us to do next is be baptized in His name as evidence that we are washed clean of our sins. Because of Jesus’ blood we are reconciled with God and can now become part of his family! So being baptized is that confirmation that you are now forgiven of your sins and saved because of your faith (Hebrews 11:1) that Jesus is the answer to eternal life!
7. Be Saved and Justified Through Faith (Romans 5:1)
We now have piece through what Jesus did for us. Without Jesus we would still be struggling through life without hope, but Jesus brings us hope through his sacrifice. Ephesians 2:1-10, which is another section to the Bible, which is the book that Romans is part of, really amplifies this idea of peace and reconciliation through Jesus:
“1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to livewhen you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
That section of the Bible is awesome! The whole book of Ephesians is amazing and is actually my favorite book of the Bible. Ephesians is written by the same person who wrote Romans: Paul. Now the amazing thing about Paul is that before he took all of these steps and accepted Jesus into his heart, he used to persecute followers of Christ! He would search for and kill the people who proclaimed they were saved through Christ! But after a miraculous appearance from Jesus himself (Acts 9), Paul (who has called Saul during his persecuting days) suddenly turned to being the one proclaiming Jesus’ name! That is a great example of turning to Jesus and accepting his words!!!
8. No longer condemned! (Romans 8:1)
Guess what? After you have followed all of the previous steps, you are no longer held accountable for your sins! You are no longer sentenced to death because of your sin! You are saved and forgiven and are now called a CHILD OF GOD! You now have the answer to life!
The entire book of Ephesians and a lot of Romans talks about the wonderful life that you can now have in Jesus Christ. But I must warn you. Just because you have peace with God and peace in this life, does not mean you are free from struggles. Paul still had to endure persecution, jail, stoning, awful things that no one wants to even think about. The reality is, though, that, as Tenth Avenue North so adequately explains in their song, “The Struggle”:
We are free to struggle
We’re not struggling to be free
Your blood bought and makes us children
So children drop your chains and sing
So life knowing that you are going to face struggles in life, but these struggles are only going to make you stronger in your faith. “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5) For God will not give you more than your faith can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).
As just one last piece of encouragement, this sentence can basically sum up all of this. This sentence is a popular verse that is used in many Bible studies, Bible talks, sermons, and songs, but that is because it has so much meaning! So, basically, the answer to life is this:
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.