In today’s society the term “Christian” is used pretty loosely. America is considered a “Christian Nation” for the most part, right? But what does it mean to be a Christian? Is it just believing in God? Is it believing in Jesus? It it going to church every Sunday?
It’s funny to me now when I think about this because growing up I always considered myself a Christian. I went to church as a kid, so I assumed that’s what I was. I go to church and recite some stuff from a booklet and when I die I’ll go to a place called Heaven. Well, it wasn’t until last year that I realized none of these things secured me a spot in Heaven.
You see, God is perfect. He is holy. We are sinful. God is also just, and since He is just, sin must be dealt with… “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” -Romans 3:23. “…”For the wages of sin is death” -Romans 6:2… God knew that we couldn’t make up for our sin and earn our way to Heaven, so He did something about it.
Enter Jesus Christ.
God sent His son to take on the sins of the world and restore all of mankind back to their creator. Through Jesus, we may know God and have a personal relationship with Him. We are also granted eternal life through Jesus, and He is the only way to Heaven. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” -John 14:6.
Growing up, I had a vague knowledge of these principles. But having the knowledge or even agreeing that Jesus is God isn’t enough. It sounds pretty straightforward that if we believe in Jesus we will have eternal life, right? Well, to truly be saved, we must accept God’s provision for our sins through Jesus by taking up our own cross and following Jesus. You must become born-again. To believe in Jesus means to repent and turn from sin and turn to Him.
About a year ago, I accepted these truths and made the best decision of my life by receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I gave my life to Him and experienced a new birth. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” -2 Corinthians 5:17.
If you haven’t accepted Christ and repented, I pray and hope that you would seriously consider it. Death isn’t a period, it’s just a comma- and once we die we will stand before Jesus for judgement. Get to know Him now before it’s too late.
You can receive Christ right now through prayer by repenting of your sins and thanking Him for paying the cost. Tell Him you open your life to Him and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, giving Him control of your life. Thank Him for giving you eternal life and ask Him to make you the type of person God wants you to be.
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” -1 John 5:11-13
You were created to have a relationship with God, turn to Him today!