Ever since the fall of man in Genesis 3, he has needed a savior. People lie, cheat, steal and commit many other sins against God. Even if others consider you a "good person," you know you've either done something wrong in your life or omitted doing right. All have sinned and need salvation (Romans 3:23).
The Lord is perfect, so much so no one has seen him in his full glory at any time (John 1:18). As wonderful as Jesus was in walking this earth, he even said no one is good but God (Matthew 19:17). So how do you bridge the gap between fallen people and sinless perfection?
Through Christ. God so loved the world he gave the suffering Savior, Jesus, to die for our sins (Hebrews 10:12). By accepting his perfect sacrifice, we can have eternal life with the Lord.
Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved." You also must repent of your sins to be converted, forsaking your own way and pledging to follow Jesus (Acts 3:19).
If you've come to the end of yourself and know you can't make it without God, it's time for you to pray to receive Christ. There's no magic chant to it, but here's a petition you can repeat to accept Jesus:
"Dear God, I'm sorry for my sins. I know I need Jesus to save me. I now make him my Lord and Savior, believing he rose from the dead and lives forever. Come into my heart, God, and make me your own. In Jesus' name, amen."
If you prayed that and meant it, you are saved and in the family of God! You are a new creation, and the Lord even now is beginning the process of making you into the person he, and you, always wanted. Only in Christ can we fully live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
Make sure to get a copy of the Bible - there are many versions, but a King James or New King James is a good place to start - and begin going to a church where Jesus is the only way of salvation and his Word is followed just as he put it in the Bible's 66 books. I invite you to my own Church of God in Christ, but let the Lord lead you. If you need help connecting to a congregation, contact me for assistance.
God bless you!
- Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D.