How Can I Be Saved?
Jesus said,... "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
You can become a Christian right now by trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Are you ready to make this commitment? All it takes are three simple steps. But first, stop and think about the cost of serving Christ and consider these steps very carefully.
- Acknowledge that you are a helpless sinner separated from God."For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). All of us were created to have fellowship with God, but, because of humankind's stubborn self-will, we have chosen to go our own independent way. No amount of good deeds on our part can win God's favor. Agree with God that you are a lost sinner unable to save yourself. You need a Savior to bring yourself back to God. Understand that God is holy. No sin will ever enter His presence, for "righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne" (Psalm 97:2).
- Agree that Jesus Christ is the only provision for your salvation. Through the Lord, you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life. You must believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, and know that He wants to be your Lord as well as your Savior. He wants to take possession of your heart and rule in it so that from now on, His Word is law to you. "As many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1: 12).
- Truly desire to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and ask Him to come into your heart. You should understand that when you receive Christ, you experience a new birth. You do this by turning from self to God (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into your life to forgive your sins and to make you the kind of person He wants you to be. You receive the Lord by faith through prayer. You must also confess the Lord Jesus Christ to others. "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" (Romans 10:9).
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. If you clearly understand what Christ accomplished on the cross and have considered carefully the demands He makes, you can become a Christian. Now alone or with another Christian, humble yourself before God and pray a prayer such as this:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I need You. I agree that I am a sinner and have sinned in my thinking and speaking and acting. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I have counted the cost of following You. I repent and turn away from my past 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. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen. "