The Most Important Thing In The World:
|Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." (John 14:6)
The world is full of people claiming to know the truth, claiming to have the answers to life's most perplexing questions. You may have heard others say that "there are many paths up the mountain," implying that God has created many alternatives to come into His presence...that we need only to pick the one (or more) that "feels" best to us. However, this approach to salvation is in direct contradiction to the words of God's Son Himself: Jesus of Nazareth.
To become a Christian a person must first realize that he or she is 'lost'-- totally estranged from God, separated from God by a sinful nature. Get a Bible, the history of God's relationship with humankind, and read from the book entitled "Romans." Here are some pointers to help you in that study:
|Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.||A person alone cannot reconcile the lost relationship between himself or herself and God. To provide a remedy, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life God demands.|
|Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.||Although humanity through sin has separated itself from God, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross bridged that gap.|
|Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.||All that God asks is that a man or woman repent of his or her sins, turn from them and accept the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for those sins.|
|Romans 10:9 - That if you confess with your mouth Jeus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.||God promises in the Bible that anyone who accepts Christ as Savior shall be saved.|
|Romans 10:13 - For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.||This free gift of eternal life is given to anyone that asks for it, regardless of their past circumstances or deeds. Salvation through Jesus Christ is the ultimate gift that "keeps on giving." It provides us with peace and joy in this life, and the assurance of eternal life in Heaven after our earthly bodies have died.|
That free gift is yours, just for the asking. If you wish to accept it, you
can pray this prayer, right now, in front of your computer:
"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner, and I repent of those sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross on my behalf, and that through His resurrection I have eternal life. I now want Him to be my personal Savior and Lord. Thank you for loving me and providing this gift for me. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
It really is just that simple!
If you have any questions about becoming a Christian, or if you prayed the above prayer, and would like to speak with someone further about it, please feel free to e-mail me.
May God bless you!
(The preceding was adapted from The Baptist Standard,
Texas Baptists' Weekly Newsjournal. Scripture references are taken
from the New American Standard version, Holman Bible Publishers, 1981)