If you were sitting across the table from me and told me you wanted to “become a Christian” I’d be exceedingly glad because I believe it is the most important decision a person can make!
But – I have met many people who have said to me, “Yeah, I tried the Christian thing and it didn’t work for me.” The Christian thing isn’t really a thing – it’s a relationship with God. It is a manner of living where you have decided that you want a close and real relationship with the God of the universe. It would be like saying, “I tried the marriage thing”, or “the parenting thing”, or “the friendship thing” and “it just didn’t work for me.”
We understand those things are relationships, and in order for them to grow and survive, there must be a mutual investment from both parties. In the same way, becoming a Christian is simply agreeing with God that you have done and said some really dumb and damaging things – the Bible would call that ‘sin’. You have come to realize that you need help, your life t is unmanageable apart from Him, and you need Him to save you. Then, just ask Him to do it. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or perfect – it is simply saying silently or out loud, “God, save me. I need you. Forgive me and help me to know what to do next.”
The Bible teaches in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We can look around at our world and agree this is true – we see it in the decay of the physical world, in ongoing clashes between racial and cultural groups, and in the turmoil in our own relationships. This might be the very place you find yourself, experiencing the effects of this in your life. This despair leads us to cry out in our desperation for help.
Romans 6:23 further explains: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We can trust him, praying to receive his free gift of eternal life because He loves us. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8
Not sure what to say in prayer? Romans 10:9 puts it simply: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
I want you to know the truth. We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2, ”Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” And in Hebrews, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
We never know how much time we have in this life and so I urge you to make this important decision, but I want to help you make an informed decision, so that it will be a lasting one. If you decide to have this conversation in prayer with God, please email me so I can celebrate with you! It will be my great joy to send you a free printable download that will encourage you on your new journey!
If you have questions about this, please contact me and I will answer the best I can or direct you to additional resources.