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It’s Your Call

“God says he will accept and acquit us — declare us ‘not guilty’ — if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like.” (Romans 3:22 TLB)

There are more than 7,000 promises in the Bible from God to you. They’re like blank checks just waiting to be cashed by you. And with every promise, there’s a premise.

In the Bible’s most famous promise, John 3:16, Jesus tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (NKJV). God promises we won’t perish if we believe in him.

God’s free gift of salvation is offered to everyone. It doesn’t matter your religion or cultural background. Jesus Christ died for you.

How do we receive this free gift?

The Bible says, “God says he will accept and acquit us — declare us ‘not guilty’ — if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like” (Romans 3:22 TLB).

Though anyone can come to faith in Jesus, the only way we can get to Heaven is by placing our trust in Jesus Christ. You can’t trust Jesus unless you know him. I believe in Marx, Stalin, and Khrushchev, but I’m not a Communist. The way I believe in Jesus is different. I know him, and I trust him.

It’s the difference between your head and your heart. I know many famous people. I know Bill Gates. We’ve spoken on the same platform together. We’ve been at parties together. I’ve sat on a couch and explained The PEACE Plan to him. I know Bill Gates. But I don’t really know him. He’s not a close, personal friend. I don’t really know what makes him tick.

But I do know my wife. We’ve been married for close to 40 years. I know her inside and out. I know what makes her tick.

That’s what it means to know God. It means having a real, living relationship with him. That’s what it means to trust God.

Do you know God that way? You can.

Learn more about how you can know God personally on my website at rickwarren.org/know-god. Please let me know if you make the decision to follow Jesus. I want to be able to celebrate with you! Write me at [email protected].

Talk It Over

  • God’s free gift of salvation is available to everyone. How do you respond to that?
  • What might it look like to know about God but not really know him?
  • Who can you share God’s free gift of salvation with this week?
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