Becoming a Christian

What can you do to gain eternity from Christ?  It’s simple …

Recognize that you are a sinner and confess your sin

No matter how good we try to be, we have all lived sinful lives.   Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”   ALL of us.  That means you.

It also tells us that the penalty for sin is death.

So the starting point is to admit your sin and sinful nature.

Acknowledge that you can’t save yourself

Is there hope?  Is there a way to become clean in the sight of God?  As we just read, all have sinned.  Thankfully, God has provided a blessed alternative to death!  John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but eternal life.”

But, salvation doesn’t come as a result of your efforts, good deeds, or stellar personality.  There is nothing you can do to gain salvation – it’s a gift from God based on His love and mercy.

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.
(Titus 3:5) (NAS)

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, so that no one may boast.
(Ephesians 2:8-9) (NAS)

Recognize Christ’s Payment

So, you can’t save yourself but Jesus can!  Jesus Christ, God’s son, was the perfect sacrifice.  He came to earth, lived as a man, died on the cross, and conquered death by being raised from the grave on third day.  His death was payment for our sins. 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8) (NAS)

The next step is believing – not just that Christ died, but that He died for YOU.

Accept Christ as Your Personal Savior

His death was the payment, but you must believe in Him and accept His forgiveness.

They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31) (NAS)

 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (Romans 6:23) (NAS)

 By accepting these truths and who Jesus Christ is, you can find eternal security.  Accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior by sincerely praying …

Jesus, I know I am a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to gain my own salvation.  I believe you died for me personally, and that through faith in what you did for me on the cross and through your resurrection, I am saved.  

I want to turn from my sin and I ask you to become Lord and savior of my life.  From this day forward, I will follow You.  Thank You, Father, for saving me.  Amen. 

 If you just prayed this prayer, you now have the Holy Spirit living in you!  You can be sure that Christ has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.       

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) (NKJV)

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) (NAS)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1) (NAS)

 The next step:  Put your faith into action!  Tell someone about your decision to follow Christ and get involved in a local church.  Spend time with God by praying and reading your Bible.  The book of John and the book of Romans, both in the New Testament, are great places to start reading in new journey of faith.

Also consider visiting the websites of these great ministries:

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Harvest Ministries
Love Worth Finding



Originally published May 24, 2007.

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