How do we receive the gift of salvation and eternal life?
For us to be genuinely saved, it is inadequate that we merely “make a decision for Christ” or pray a “sinner's prayer” to escape hell and have a better life. More than that, God requires us to completely forsake everything else we trust in and turn to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That involves three profound changes of heart and attitude.
#1 - We must repent of our sins.
Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. For I take no
pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!
God is declaring to all men that everyone everywhere must repent.
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles
also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their
#2 - We need to turn from idolatry and follow Christ
you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
1 Thessalonians 1:9
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will
honor the one who serves me.
#3 - We must trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised
him from the dead, you will be saved.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.
You can receive Christ as the gift of salvation right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking to God. God never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him. "Blessed are the poor in spirit..." (
God knows our heart and as such He is not so concerned with our words as He is with the attitude of our heart. We can use the following prayer as a way of expressing what is in our heart right now:
"Lord Jesus, I need You.
Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins.
I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord.
Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of the throne of my life.
Make me the kind of person You want me to be."
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, pray this prayer right now or similar words that express the feelings of your heart and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
Oh, we might say, "I'll do this tomorrow". I don't have time to do this right now.
You should consider...
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake
his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on
him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Why surrender our life to Christ right now? There is another power at work in our universe. Satan and his power of evil will work very hard to keep you from giving control of your life to God through Jesus Christ.
When Jesus comes into your life as Lord and Savior, He will never leave you.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
The great lie of Satan is “don't worry everything is fine, you can do this anytime, there will always be time”. That is until you die without Christ as your Savior. Then it will be too late and your eternal fate will be sealed forever - forever is a very long time.
The Bible contains far more than a collection of good ideas that we can consider whenever we get around to it.
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20
As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, "In
the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now
is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Oswald Chambers said it well as he considered Matthew 5:3 - "Blessed are the poor in spirit..."
"The statement we often hear, 'Make a decision for Jesus Christ,' places the emphasis on
something our Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him --
something very different. At the foundation of Jesus Christ's kingdom is a genuine loveliness of
those who are commonplace. I am truly blessed in my proverty. If I have no strength of will and
a nature without worth or excellence, then Jesus says to me, 'Blessed are you, because it is
through your proverty that you can enter My kingdom.' I cannot enter His kingdom by virtue of
my goodness -- I can only enter it as an absolute pauper."
(My Utmost For His Highest - August 21 Devotional)
How do you know that you are "Truly Converted"?
be a professing Christian only in word but not in your actions! How do you know that your conversion is real?
If you have no concern when you break God's Law (the Ten Commandments). If you easily lie (any lie, even the ones you call little white lies), steal (take anything that isn't yours), lust in your heart or tell or enjoy dirty jokes, enjoy movies or TV shows that use God's Holy Name wrongly; then you must question if your conversion is true.
True conversion must include a change of heart! Sin must break your own heart as it breaks God's heart! You must be born again, that is you put off your old self and put on the new to see God's Kingdom! If you are not sure of what God expects, check out "How God Measures Us".