I'm reading through the history of the judges of Israel, and God's invitation to people is so evident. Again and again the people forsake God, but any time they have a change of heart, He welcomes them back.
"But the Israelites said to the Lord, 'We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.' Then they got rid of foreign gods among them and served the Lord."
The spiritual life isn't a formula, but we can glean some simple concrete steps:
Admit your faults.
- Admit your faults.
- Admit to God that He IS God.
- Ask Him to show you the best way.
- Turn your back on living life apart from Him and from elevating other things in your life above Him.
- Follow Him and follow through with what's right.
Based on God's character throughout history and based on His words, it's never too late to step into this process no matter if it's our first time or our 1000th time. Based on human history, it is 100% IMPOSSIBLE for people to enter this process and not veer off course at some point, so that's the why of Jesus.
If you earnestly get to #3 in this process, He will point you to Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
God didn't say this because He's exclusive, but because God knows we can't do it alone.