A real relationship with Jesus

Seeking God is more than just a system of traditions and rituals. He is a loving father who was willing to sacrifice his very self in order that we might all have a pathway to salvation! At its essence, Christianity is not just about church services or following a prescribed code of conduct, but it’s about having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I’ve met many who feel as though they can’t come to church. In their own estimations, they are not perfect enough or do not meet the church’s perceived level of holiness. They are afraid of being judged because they smoke, drink, are living together without being married, or have a less than perfect family situation.

The truth is that we are all messed up in some way or another. Even the best pastor or church member is struggling to be holy. Even the Apostle Paul, who is one of the primary writers of the New Testament, shares “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15). Every great man of God, whether it is Moses, David, or Paul, had flaws in their character yet was able to be close to God (we call this grace).

If you do not know Jesus as your savior, but you want to connect to God, please do not feel as though religion will get you there by itself. Please don’t feel as though you need to be perfect. Please don’t feel bad about anything. God wants to have a relationship with you!

You can start your relationship with Jesus by taking small steps. First, make time every day to pray. Approach him as your loving father who wants the best for your life! Second, read your Bible, starting with John and Romans. Be open to God and understand that this process is a supernatural one. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, he will transform us into the best version of ourselves. You’ll never understand true peace, love, and mercy until you experience it through a relationship with Jesus!

Also, find a great church that has a pastor that will love you and help you grow spiritually. If you are in Yakima, I invite you to visit me at Templo Jerusalem (1014 S. Fair Ave, across from the Sundome). If you are located anywhere else in the valley or Washington state, call my office at 509-575-0073 and I can refer you to a great church that is near you. But the key is to find a church that can teach you how to grow spiritually. Don’t feel as though you have to seek God by yourself. There are good Christian people who want to help you find the very best life possible in Jesus Christ!