Since you have come to my blog, I can safely assume one of two things.
On one hand, you could be a Christian and came looking for some thoughts about a particular chapter in the Bible.
I am thrilled that you’re here, and I hope that you find something to think about.
This particular page though is targeted to the rest of you.
If you found this page and you are not a Christian, I assume that you came looking for answers. You probably typed something into Google, and apparently I hit some key words that you were searching for.
Believe it or not, you are the one of the main reasons I am writing this blog.
As a Christian, it is part of my responsibility to preach the Gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20). You are part of the world.
Now, what exactly is this Gospel I am supposed to be sharing with you? Gospel means good news. So, what is so good about this message?
First, we need a little bit of background about the condition of humanity.
Each one of us is a sinner. It is not that hard to look back and find some point where we have sinned. In fact, we are even born sinners.
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Obviously, we have the main problem that has plagued humanity since the Garden of Eden. Sin separates us from God, and if this gap is not filled, we face some pretty grim prospects.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
If that verse ended there, we would be in trouble. After all, if we were trapped in our sin forever, we would never be able to experience the presence of God.
The verse continues though.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Okay, so we are currently humans in a sinful condition, but there is some gift that comes to us through Jesus Christ. This gift will give us eternal life which is obviously a contrast to the death that we would experience as a result of our sinful nature.
What exactly did Jesus do for us then that would allow him to give us such an amazing gift?
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Jesus died for us, and through the shedding of His blood, we could be reconciled to God. He was the Perfect Sacrifice to account for all of the sin that mankind has ever committed.
Then, because He rose from the dead and conquered death once and for all, we can be saved from our death and spend eternity with God.
That is the gift that is being offered, but how can we accept it? After all, a gift needs to be unwrapped before it is of any use for anyone.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
This gift of salvation that came about because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ can be ours if we call upon the name of the Lord.
What exactly does that mean though?
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Now we have gotten to the base of the solution. If we want to accept the free gift of salvation offered to us by God as a result of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there needs to be a confession.
What exactly is this confession?
First, we need to acknowledge the fact that we are sinners. It should not be that hard to recognize. Then, we need to ask Jesus to come into our lives and begin a relationship with us.
A simple prayer could go something like this:
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that this sin in my life has created a separation between us, and I do not deserve Your mercy. However, I also know that Jesus Christ came to earth and died as the Perfect Sacrifice for all of my sin. Please come into my life and transform it from the inside out. I do not want to be a slave to sin any longer, I want to become a servant of Yours. Thank You for offering this Gift, and please help me walk with You. Amen.”
This is the first step on the Christian journey. It is not that these particular words I wrote here are powerful, but it is the confession and the belief that ultimately matter. It is about the decision to commit to a life-changing belief rather than a predetermined set of words that you need to recite perfectly as a “fire insurance policy.” I want to make sure I make that clear. God looks at your heart, and if you do believe in Him, you will have eternal life. This prayer is one way that this type of belief and confession can come together, but I don’t want you to think that these words themselves are magic. It is about your heart. Believe and confess.
As a follow-up, find a local church and a good pastor who can help you grow as a child of God. One of the most rewarding parts of being a Christian involves learning more and more about God and developing a stronger and stronger relationship.
I know that I just threw a lot of information at you, and it might take a little while for all to sink in. However, if you have any questions, my e-mail is spinkickers [at] gmail.com. I will try to provide you with all the support you might need. This truly is a life-altering decision, but it is one that you will not regret.
God is good, He wants to have a relationship with you, and you need to respond to His call in your life. He has seen this day coming since the beginning of time, and now is the time to begin down this road.