Becoming a Christian

The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make

Deciding to become a Christian is the most important and life-impacting decision a person will make. It is an individual decision that no one else can make for you. Each person must decide for themselves, and not making a decision is still a decision.

God Loved You First

Regardless of how you may feel (unworthy, shameful or not good enough) God loves you.  His love is not dependent upon you because He loved you first.  This love is revealed to us though Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. Christ, although perfect himself, died on the cross and paid the price for sins of all people.  God offers you forgiveness.  And by Christ’s resurrection God offers the promise of eternal life.

While Christ died and rose again for everyone, He comes to you personally…as an individual to establish a personal relationship with you.  To accept His offer of forgiveness and eternal life, you must respond to Him.

Revealing God’s Love for You 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

God loves you today…exactly as you are.  He longs to be in a close relationship with you…to bless you, strengthen you and give you an abundant life.  His offer is not only for here on earth but also for eternal life with Him in Heaven.

Mankind’s Sinful Nature

“All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23

Not one single human is perfect. Every one of us falls short, and when we acknowledge this truth, we can clearly see our separation from God.  God is holy and we are not.

Sin has a Price  

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

The price of sin is spiritual death and ultimately, eternal separation from God. BUT, with God’s free gift, we can receive a pardon for our sin and provision for eternal life.

Christ Paid the Price

“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”  Romans 5:8

Many people believe that doing good, charitable acts will make God love you.  Not true.  Even in your sin…God loves you. There is nothing that we can do to make God love us or to earn His love. God sent His Son to take your place and pay the price for your sin while you were still a sinner. Why?  So you can be reconciled to Him.

Redemption is a Free Gift! 

“God saved you by His special favor when you believed. And you cannot take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

God’s special favor or grace means getting what you don’t deserve.  By God’s grace He offers you what you are unable to do for yourself- salvation and eternal life with Him. Receive and believe…that’s it! With all of your heart believe that Christ died for you…to deliver you from sin and to give you eternal life.

You Must Accept Christ 

“But to all who believe in Him and accept Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12

To become a child of God, you must receive Him and accept what He has done for you. Jesus Christ is standing at the door of your heart inviting you in…BUT, you must receive Him.

Are you Ready to Receive Him Now??

There no good reason to wait.  You can invite Christ into your heart and life right now by simply praying this prayer:

Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that I need your forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place to take the penalty for my sin and that He rose from the dead.  Right now, I invite Jesus to come into my heart and to be my Savior.  Thank you for creating me and making a way for me.  Help me to learn and grow in the knowledge of your love so that I may please You in every part of my life.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

Congratulations!  If you just prayed this prayer you are a Christian and we are family!!  Please, please send me a note (jj@chickeningin.com) or comment below so we can celebrate together.  You have made the most important decision of your life today!!  I encourage you to tell someone close to you and get connected to a church.  If you need help finding one close to you, I am happy to help.

Please share this post with your friends and family or download this free “Becoming a Christian” printable. 

To read my personal testimony and why I love Jesus see:  My Personal Testimony: Brokenness to Wholeness.

Sincerely with Hugs,

JJ

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