God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God’s purpose is that we have eternal life.
- God gives eternal life as a gift (Romans 6:23)
- We can live a full and meaningful life fight now (John 10:10)
- We will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven (John 14:3)
As we search for meaning in life, we discover that our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
- We are all sinners by nature and by choice . “For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
- We cannot save ourselves. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- We deserve death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God is holy and just and must punish sin. Yet He loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me” (John 14:6).
- Jesus is God and became man (John 1:1,14).
- Jesus died for us on the cross (1 Peter 3:18).
- Jesus was resurrected (arose) from the dead and is alive today (Romans 4:25; Romans 6:9-10).
- God, through His Holy spirit, calls us to Himself (John 6:44).
The only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on his name” (John 6:44).
- We must repent of our sin. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).
- Repentance is not just felling sorry for our sin (Acts 26:20).
- Repentance is turning away from our sin and turning to God through Jesus.
- We must place our faith in Jesus. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of god” (Ephesians 2:8).
- Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus (James 2:19).
- Faith is trusting in Jesus (Romans 10:11)
- We must surrender to Jesus as Lord. “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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
- Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not just saying we give our lives to Jesus (Matthew 7:21).
- Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is giving Jesus control of our lives.
Giving Jesus control is something each person must do for himself or herself. No one else can make this decision for you. Jesus says, ” ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me’ ” (Revelation 3:20).
- Does what we have been discussing make sense to you?
- Is there any reason you would not be willing to receive god’s gift of eternal life?
- Are you willing to turn from your sin, place your faith in Jesus, and give Him control of your life right now?
If you are willing to receive Jesus into your life now, you can invite him in by prayer. You may use the following prayer or a similar one using your own words:
Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and died to forgive me of my sins. I know I have Sinned. I ask You to forgive me. I turn from my sins, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. I want to live for You the rest of my life. Amen