What Is Wrong With Me?

Why do so many people feel empty inside, like something is missing? They hit their goals and because life is like they imagined, they think everything should be great. When it’s not, they wonder what is wrong with them.

You not only have a mind and body but you also have a spiritual side. That’s because God created you with a soul. Most people spend the majority of their lives nourishing their bodies and pouring information into their minds and yet they starve their souls. When that happens, their lives become incomplete and empty. It doesn’t matter how much money they make or stuff they accumulate.

But what does your soul hunger for? It aches for God—and only God can satisfy that inner craving. God created us so we could have a personal relationship with Him, but when we leave Him out of our lives, there is a blank space in our hearts that will not go away. That space has always been there and we try to fill it with anything and everything. However, only God can fill it. As the theologian and philosopher St. Augustine said hundreds of years ago,

You have made us for Yourself, 0 God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.”

Not only do we need God, but God actually wants us to know Him personally. He wants to participate in our lives and fill them. He wants us to feel His presence and the joy that comes with it. That is why Jesus came into the world. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

What must you do? First, turn to God and confess your sins to Him including how you have left Him out of your life. Then ask Christ to come into your heart. Jesus promised, “I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. lf anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). You can know God’s presence right now if you will open your heart to Jesus.

Stop asking What’s wrong with me and start asking God What would you like to do in my life?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?