I once was approached by a very well meaning man, but the question offended me. Why? I had grown up in a religious home. I thought I was a Christian. After all, I was born in America, had gone to church as a child and even got baptized.
But I was wrong.
A better question is, Do You Know Jesus Christ as Your Savior?
Another excellent question is, Where will you go when you die?
The Bible tells us in Romans 3:10 that “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
A few verses down (3:23) it says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Then in Romans 6:23a it says, “For the wages of sin is death ...”
God is holy and He is not going to allow sin into His heaven. But the Bible says we have all sinned! Does that mean you can’t get to heaven?
If you are trying to get there based on your good works, then the answer is Yes. Our works cannot save us, cannot get us into heaven. Because we are sinners our works are polluted, unacceptable to God and we are spiritually dead.
But we also read in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loves you! And He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in your place. He didn’t sin and He certainly didn’t deserve to die on a cross. But He loved you so much that He voluntarily went to that cross and suffered all the pain, all the death, and all of Hell for you!
Why? Because He loves you!
Because of what He did we can receive His precious gift as noted in Romans 6:23b, “... but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
No matter how wicked your sin is or how wretched you are, God is willing to save you from eternal hell and give you eternal life. And in Romans 10: 9-10, 13 we read:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him form the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
That is God’s simple plan of salvation. We tend to think we need to do something to earn our way into heaven. But it is impossible. We are born sinners and there is nothing that we can do because all that we do is polluted with sin.
Calling upon the name of the Lord is simply you praying (talking to God) and asking Jesus to save you. Acknowledge you were born a sinner and cannot save yourself. Jesus is listening to your heart. He knows your every thought and whether or not you are sincere.
If you sincerely want to be saved and believe with thy heart that He can save you, He will know it and will save you!
What follows is a sample prayer. The words are not magic. But as you pray them God will examine your innermost thoughts and the intents of your heart. You cannot fool Him.
Dear Jesus, I come to You confessing that according to the Bible I am a sinner and need a Savior. According to the Scriptures I am lost and on my way to Hell. Also, according to Your Word Jesus died on the cross, shed His blood, and arose from the dead for me. I accept Your gift and ask Jesus Christ to save me. Amen
If you pray that prayer or something similar sincerely acknowledging you are a sinner and need a Savior, He will hear you and He will save you!