I really want to believe in God and follow Jesus, but I just can't seem to make myself do it. What would you suggest I do? Have you ever met people like me? — G.F.
Yes, I've met a number of people like you—many of whom later became strong believers. And the reason they did was because they weren't content to stay spiritually cold and stagnant, but they stepped out in faith and committed their lives to Christ. May this be true of you.
Have you ever asked yourself what it is that holds you back? Is it some sin—a habit you don't want to give up, or a relationship you know is wrong? If so, stop and realize what it will cost you to hold on to it. At the moment, it may seem like you would be giving up something that makes you happy—but in reality that isn't true. Sin cuts us off from God‐and it also destroys our lives. The Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Or perhaps you don't understand just how much God loves you, and what Jesus Christ has done for you. We can never save ourselves; we aren't good enough. But God loves us; He loves us so much that He was willing to send His only Son into the world to die for us. The Bible says, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).
Don't let anything keep you from Christ. Instead, ask God to open your eyes to His love—and then respond by opening your heart to Christ. Make your commitment to Him without delay.