God is a pretty cool guy. You know, if it weren't for Him, we literally wouldn't even exist. Nothing would. But for some reason beyond human comprehension, God did create us. The problem began when sin became a concept. What is sin? My friend Matt explains sin not as "something", but a lack of Something. Sin isn't real. Sin is the result of a lack of connection with God. Now everyone suffers from an epidemic, a sinful nature that isn't connected to God.
How can this be fixed? Is there a way to be connected to God? The great news is yes, there is! Thankfully, God came down and took on a human form and sacrificed Himself so that we can finally be connected to Him. The bad news is that sin still exists. The really bad news is that many people in the American church have lost a sense as to how they can be connected to God. Does going to church make you a Christian? Are you a Christian if you live a basically good life? If I do the ABCs, will that make me a Christian? Can you accept Christ and then live life however you want to?
Paul explained it pretty simply. In Romans 2:6-8, he wrote, "God 'will repay each person according to what they have done.' To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger."
It's pretty simple. Die to self, accept truth, follow Jesus, do good, seek glory, seek honor, and seek immorality. To top it off, Jesus also said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." So there you go! This is how to be connected to God. I suggest with every fiber of my being that you follow these commands, dear brethren!