Man is looking all about for the answer to the emptiness he feels. He knows that he is somehow out of tune with his world, his neighbors, and even himself. The Bible gives us some clear-cut reasons for this and the solution to the problem.
Not All Roads Lead To Heaven
The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven. Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” [John 14:6]
Good Works Cannot Save You
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” [Ephesians 2:8-9]
You Must Be Born Again
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?’ Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.'” [John 3:3-5]
Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:
1. Admit you are a sinner.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” [Romans 3:23]
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” [Romans 5:12]
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” [1 John 1:10]
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).
Jesus said: “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” [Luke 13:5]
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent.” [Acts 17:30]
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” [John 3:16]
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:8]
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” [Romans 10:9]
Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior.
“For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” [Romans 10:10]
“For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Romans 10:13]
What To Pray
Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” [John 1:12]
“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” [2 Corinthians 5:17]
Living As A Christian
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, as a Christian you should:
1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15]
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” [Psalms 119:105]
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” [Matthew 21:22]
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” [Philippians 4:6]
3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit:” [Matthew 28:19]
“Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” [Hebrews 10:25]
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” [2 Timothy 3:16]
4. Tell others about Christ.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” [Mark 16:15]
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” [1 Corinthians 9:16]
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” [Romans 1:16]
You have begun the greatest adventure in life, and may God bless you as you take your first steps in serving him.