Steps to accept Christ as your personal Savior
Choosing to follow Jesus is the most important decision you'll ever make. Jesus himself suggests that we count the costs before making this decision. When you decide to follow Jesus, you make an agreement with God. You will be able to expect some things from Him, and He will expect some things from you. These expectations are outlined below.
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life, abundant and eternal. The Bible says: "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) God planned for us all to have peace and the abundant life RIGHT NOW, so why are most people not taking advantage of this gracious gift and living the experience?
God created us in His own image to have a blessed and abundant life. He did NOT make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We choose to disobey God and go our own willful way. Many still make this choice today. This results in separation from God. The Bible says: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Through the ages, individuals have tried in many ways to bridge this gap, without success. The Bible says: "There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death." (Proverbs 14:12) "But your iniquities have separated you from God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2)
Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only answer, for He died on the Cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and man, for the Bible says: "God is on one side and the people on the other side, Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them together." (1 Timothy 2:5) "For Christ has also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18) "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
You must trust Jesus Christ and receive Him through solemn invitation. The Bible says: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20) "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) "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)
Many have asked if it is too late even when someone is on their
death bed and have
never accepted Christ and lived their life selfishly, and only in the ways of the world.
For this answer, you need only to read what one of the criminals asked our Savior as
he hung beside Him at Calvary: "Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy
kingdom" (Luke 23:42) to which our Lord answered unto him: "Verily I say unto thee,
Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).
Always remember that when you ask anything of Jesus, you must do it sincerely and from the heart, for He always knows and sees the true heart.
(1) Admit that you are a sinner and need forgiveness. (2) Be willing to not only turn away from, but to repent from your sins. (3) Faithfully believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins on the cross at Calvary then rose from the grave. (4) Through solemn prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit as you become a born again Christian and receive Him as Lord and Savior.
To invite Jesus to be the Lord of your life and save you from your
sins, pray something like this: Dear Lord Jesus, I
know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You
died on the cross for my sins and I want to turn away from my sins and
invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow
You as the Lord and Savior of my life. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, you've just begun a new life of faith. You will now begin to experience the joy of knowing God personally and the freedom that only Jesus can give you, but your new life will also have difficulties and trials. As a new Christian, you will need help from more established Christians and the best way to find them is to become involved in a local church, but we'd also like for you to send us an email and tell us (Bonnie and Guy) about the life-changing decision you have made. Please include your name along with the country/city you are in, for we look forward to hearing from you AND would like for you to make comments or ask a question!