Everything has a start...
And we want everyone to begin on this amazing and fulfilling life with God. The first step is to BEGIN, to start that relationship with God that He freely offers through His Son, Jesus Christ, and spend eternity in heaven with Him when we die.
"HOW DO I DO THAT? I think I'm a pretty good person? I've gone to church a few times in my life, I'm nice...SOME of the time, shouldn't that be enough?"
The biblical answer to those questions is "No." None of those things are good enough for you to get to heaven.
Romans 3:10 says, "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one."
Have you ever stolen something? Have you hated someone? Have you lusted? Have you lied? That means that you have sinned and that makes you not righteous. Because of that you are doomed for a place called hell when you die.
We do not say this to try and make you feel bad. This is the reality of who we are which includes all of us. Not one of us is worthy of heaven on our own merit.
But there is more...
We are so glad it does not stop there, because, we do not want to got to hell. We want to spend eternity with Jesus. How do we do that? God knew all of this and LOVED us enough that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross to pay for our sins. Because of this sinless sacrifice of Jesus, He made this pathway open to anyone who accepts Him as Savior. And the best part about this is.....it is FREE. So How do you do that?
ADMIT that you have sinned and cannot get to heaven on your own.
“All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own…” —Isaiah 53:6
“If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.” —1 John 1:8
“For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”—Romans 3:23
“… to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”— Isaiah 55:7
ACKNOWLEDGE that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins and that he rose from the dead.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” — Romans 5:8
“For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” —Rom. 10:9
“There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.”—Acts 4:12
ACCEPT God’s free gift of eternal life and stop trying to earn it in any way.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 6:23
ASK Jesus Christ to come into my life and be the director (“Lord”) of my life.
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan—this rebirth comes from God”.—Jn. 1:12-13
It all boils down to FAITH:
YOU CAN TAKE THESE STEPS RIGHT NOW BY PRAYING A SIMPLE PRAYER OF COMMITMENT
Just pray something like this:
“Dear God, I know that I have sinned. I know that my sins separate me from you. I want to thank you for dying on the cross for me. I believe that you died, were buried, and rose again to take away my sins. Today I am forsaking all else and transferring my trust to you for the gift of eternal life. Please come into my heart and be the director of my life. In Jesus name, AMEN.”
“For anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” —Romans 10:13
“I assure you, anyone who believes in me already has eternal life.”—John 6:37