What about You?
Jesus said “And this is eternal life, that they may know You,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You
have sent.” – John 17:3
Our desire is for people to come to know God personally. The simple truth is that there is a God who created you and loves you very much. (Genesis 1:1) He gave us life and deserves our gratitude and love.
However, each of us have chosen to disobey Him and sin against Him; all of us have done wrong and failed to do what is right. (Romans 3:23) We may not be more sinful than our neighbor, or we may be far worse than anyone we know, it does not matter. Either way, we are guilty before God. (1 John 1:8)
God is perfect, completely good, always right and fair. He cannot tolerate sin. He cannot simply overlook the fact that we have chosen to disobey Him. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) This means that the fair and just payment for our rebellion against God is death. It is the punishment that we deserve.
Jesus, the one and only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect, sinless life. He was crucified even though He was completely innocent. He received the punishment that we deserved. He was the perfect sacrifice; He was put into our place and took on Himself the sentence of death that should have been ours. (Romans 5:8)
Jesus did not remain dead. After three days, He rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. He will return for all those who are trusting in Him as their Savior.
Jesus died for you. You can be saved by asking Him for forgiveness from your sins. If you are willing to repent of your sin, He is willing, waiting and even eager to forgive you. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past. If you cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, He will not reject you.
The word “repent” literally means “to turn away from.” You need to look at your life, admit that you are a sinner, genuinely desire to turn away from your sin, and ask Him to forgive you. If you do this, He promises to forgive you.
True Christianity is not about attending a particular church, or how your parents raised you, or what country you were born in. Being a Christian means that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that He is your Savior. It’s not good enough that your priest, pastor, mother, or aunt knows Jesus, you must know Him for yourself. They cannot believe in Him for you, you must believe for yourself. They cannot repent for you, you must repent for yourself.
Jesus is everywhere all the time. He can hear you right now if you ask Him for forgiveness. Please turn your life over to Him NOW. Time slips by so quickly, don’t miss this opportunity. If you want to pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior, you can say a prayer something like this:
“Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned judgement from You, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that You took my penalty and died in my place upon the cross, and that you rose again the third day. Forgive me for my sin. I am relying completely on You and You alone. You are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to You. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”
If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, YOU ARE SAVED! Jesus Christ has now taken up residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven with Him. The Bible tells us, “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). You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, innocent in the eyes of God.
To put your faith in action, and grow in your relationship with God, there are some important things:
- Read your Bible, The Bible is like a love letter from God. The more you read it, the more you will fall in love with Him. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 2:2; John 8:31-32)
- Pray to God, Prayer is the way we communicate with God. It’s important to spend time talking to Him everyday; the more the better. “…Let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6b; Psalms 5:3)
- Plug into a Bible teaching church, You need to have friends who share your beliefs and who can encourage you. This is why it’s important to find a Bible believing, Bible teaching church where you can meet other Christians and grow in your faith. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Tell others of your decision to follow Christ, Share your faith in Jesus Christ. Pray that God will reveal when and how to share with others. “Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men'” (Matthew 4:19, Matthew 28:18-20)
If you’d like to contact us and let us know about your decision, we can help you find a church in your area.
Welcome to the family of God!
by Mike Thiemann