If you have a desire to know Jesus more and receive the needed salvation He offers, congratulations – God has called you!
A good starting place is to ensure you understand the Gospel in light of who you are (see below) and who God is so that you make an informed decision. Because choosing to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the most important decision you’ll ever make!
It’s important that you believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God. Make it a priority to regularly read God’s word and apply what God teaches in His Word. When confused by Bible teaching, speak to a trusted person of God and/or pray to God for insight and wisdom to help you. You’ll be amazed at how God will provide you with the information you seek.
After you voluntarily receive Jesus, you have taken your first step on an eternal journey. An eternal journey that starts the moment you put your faith in Him. A journey where you get to spend time with your Heavenly Father and Jesus any time you want; from now until eternity. The focus of Christianity is not religion, it is relationship.
Growing and maturing your relationship with God is done in the same way you would grow any relationship. You spend quality time together. Read His Word so you can get to know Him and grow your understanding of Him. Spend a lot of time talking.
I invite you to receive the gospel as the Word of God teaches the gospel. To trust in the Christ of the gospel and receive a new heart, a heart that is not only cleansed of sin but that now longs for Him. I invite you to discover the rich reward that is simply knowing and experiencing Him.
God’s Word promises, “For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation…. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9–10,13)
By His grace, God has already done everything to provide salvation. Your part is to believe and receive.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Who are we from a biblical perspective?
The gospel confronts us with the hopelessness of our sinful condition. A typical response when the gospel is shared with an unsaved person is often, “I’m a relatively good person.” People tend to have a rather high opinion of their morality. The concern here is that they are not measuring their “goodness” against the standards of their Almighty Creator.
They fail to realize they are saying they are “good” based on a comparison of the people around them and the acceptable norms of their culture and society. The problem occurs when this society is a Godless society and compromising on God’s Word is found everywhere.
It is overwhelming to be faced with the fact the gospel teaches us that we are an enemy of God, spiritually dead in our sin, and in our state of rebellion, we are not even able to see that we need life. We are dependent on God to do something in our life that we could never do.
The Good News: God did that something. God came to earth in the flesh as a perfect sacrifice for our sin. And it wasn’t a sacrifice of being crucified dead, Jesus’ sacrifice was made to God the Father fully knowing He would have to take in and on the full wrath of God. He did that for you and He did that for me. We owe Him our life.
David Platt in his book, Radical, put it like this:
“What happened at the Cross was not primarily about nails being thrust into Jesus’ hands and feet but about the wrath due your sin and my sin being thrust upon his soul. In that holy moment, all the righteous wrath and justice of God due us came rushing down like a torrent on Christ himself. Some say, “God looked down and could not bear to see the suffering that the soldiers were inflicting on Jesus, so he turned away.” This is not true. God turned away because he could not bear to see your sin and my sin on his Son.” (Radical, by David Platt, p. 36)
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Because of Christ, God can rightly call sinners justified (Romans 3:26). God has done what we could not do, and he has done what we didn’t deserve.
Pray out loud, Jesus, I confess that You are my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. By faith in Your Word, I receive salvation now. Thank You for saving me!
Once saved, continuously put God’s Word in your heart and nurture it by feeding on God’s Word often. By doing so your life will never be the same.