by Rick Warren — April 2, 2021
From Expecting a Resurrection When Life Falls Apart
“Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven.”
1 Peter 1:3-4 (The Message)
Perhaps you are one of those people. You may feel hopeless or helpless. You may think you’re unworthy. You may think you’re too old or too young. You may think you’ve done too many bad things.
You may think you don’t need God—you do. Or maybe you think God doesn’t want you—he does. You may think you’ve committed the unpardonable sin—you haven’t.
No matter what’s happened in your life, God wants a relationship with you.
Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. The apostle Peter said, “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven” (1 Peter 1:3-4 The Message).
The apostle Paul said it a different way: “Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30 The Message).
When you give your life to Christ, several things happen:
- You open up your life to God and get to know him.
- You’re given a brand new life, which gives you everything to live for.
- You get a future in heaven.
I like to say it this way: You get your past forgiven, a purpose for livin’, and a home in heaven. What a deal! Your past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus.