Our true story begins with a loving and powerful God making us the crown of his creation. God formed us in His very own image – beautiful and without blemish. He made you and me for a truly wonderful purpose. He placed everything around us for our enjoyment. God established a truly intimate fellowship with us. He gave us leadership over all other created things. But something went awfully wrong – a really bad and sad thing. We broke off our relationship with God. We took Him out of our life and ignored Him. Something – called sin – made this gap between us and God humanly impossible to bridge. You and I have been warped by sin. Corrupted and marred to our core, our way of life, thoughts, tendencies, choices and desires bring us further down.
Though you went on your own way, God is still reaching out because He still cares for us and still has a great plan for you and your future. Here are the steps to getting into a relationship with God.
WE NEED HELP
First, admit your spiritual need. It’s hard to admit our brokenness but we know deep inside that there is emptiness that can’t be filled by our achievements in life, money, relationships and even religion. We try to pretend that everything is fine. Deep within, we are sad. We try to hide in the crowd. But when all the laughters and noises have faded and you are alone by yourself, you sense that something is missing in your life. Blaise Pascal a mathematician and philosopher realized that “there is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every person which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” There is this big issue of sin that we often take for granted or deny. Sin is what causes us to miss our purpose in life.”There is none righteous, no, not one” Romans 3:10. “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” Romans 3:23. Because of our sin, we are separated from God. “For the wages of sin is death..” Romans 6:23 Our best efforts are not enough to solve our condition. “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we put on our prized robes of righteousness, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves we fade, wither, and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6 TLB There is no way we could help ourselves out of this spiritual mess but by Christ alone.
JESUS CAME TO SETTLE YOUR ISSUES
God loves you but He hates sin. He is holy and just and He dealt with our unworthiness. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” I Peter 3:18. Jesus paid in full the price for your sin. The Apostle Paul said, “…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20. There is no other way to be saved but through Jesus. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. You don’t need to add anything to what Jesus has completely done for you. Christ sacrifice for you is sufficient. What He wants you to do is not what many people think.
IT’S NOT RELIGION. IT’S JESUS
You don’t need to be religious to be accepted. As a matter of fact, religion is not the way to be saved. It is not by good works either. Doing good is great but not enough to earn our salvation. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
What you and everybody else need is to make a bold step to turn to God. The Bible tells us, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” Acts 3:19. Repentance means changing our mind and returning to God. God invites you to turn to Him right where you are. His love will help you turn away from the things that create distance between you and God. He promise to give you a fresh start.
RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR BY FAITH
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. It is essential that you come to Jesus as you are. Don’t try to “clean up your life” before you come to God. Instead, receive Him and allow Him to do the “cleansing.” God will change you for the better. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” John 6:37. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. Romans 10:9. Receiving means surrendering to God and trusting Jesus alone for our salvation. It is an act of faith.
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer.
Praying is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:
“Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and acknowledge that you died on the cross to save me. Please forgive all my sins. I now receive you in my life as my Lord and Savior. I surrender to you my life. Change me and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.”
If you have prayed this prayer with all your heart, then you have received new life in Christ. 2 Cor 5:17 Your sins are completely forgiven and forgotten. Jesus took away your guilt. John 5:24. You have been born again. You have received eternal life 1 John 5:13. You have become a child of God. John 1:12. You have become a Christian.