There are many important decisions that each one of us must make during our lives. But the single most important decision that you will make is whether or not to trust in and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Ask yourself this question:
- Have I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord and know that I am going to Heaven when I die? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Uncertain
If you cannot answer “Yes” to this question with 100% certainty then please make yourself certain of it today.
The Bible says, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). We have no guarantee of what tomorrow will bring. Therefore, you should not wait another day to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Tomorrow may be to late.
To be “saved” is life’s most rewarding experience. The Bible introduces us to this great truth in John 3:16-17.
“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
The word “saved” describes the experience of receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. In Jesus we receive:
- God’s gift of eternal life
- God’s forgiveness of all our sins
- Membership in God’s family
- Abundant, victorious life now
- Promise of an eternal home in Heaven
To learn more, follow The Roman Road to Salvation
You may be asking yourself why this is important. Why do I need to be saved? It’s important because we have all sinned against God.
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We must all realize that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness. We are not worthy of God’s grace. Sin simply means to “miss the mark.” Sin is anything that is contrary to God’s will for our lives. It is anything that we put in higher priority than God.
Some examples are Lying, Stealing, Disobeying Parents, Adultery, Drunkenness, Drugs, and placing more importance on “things” (hobbies, recreation, personal property, etc) rather than God.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sin separates us from God. If we remain sinners, we will die, spiritually separated from God. However, if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and repent of our sins, we will have eternal life. How do you do this?
Romans 10:9 – “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:13 – “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Just confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved! It’s that simple. Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved!
Are you ready to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord? If you truly believe the message of the Roman Road, and want to accept God’s gift of salvation right now, it's a matter of repenting of your sins and turning the rest of your life over to Jesus Christ. Its not a ritual based on any specific words or prayers, but rather, a willful decision and a sincere step of faith. If you're ready to be saved, pray this prayer.
“Father, I know that I am a sinner and that my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my sinful life and turn toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was raised from the dead, is alive today, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
If you decided to receive Jesus today, welcome to God's family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment by:
- Being baptized as commanded by Christ.
- Telling someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spending time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seeking fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Finding a local church where you can worship God.