You’ve probably heard the phrase “accepting Christ” before, but WHAT does it mean and HOW do you do it? Christians are called Christians because we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We learn about Christ by reading the Bible. I’ll explain more about the Bible in another post, but for now, just know that the bold words below are from the Bible. As you learn more about Christ, you may want to become a Christian. Why would you want to do this? Because Christians believe anyone who does not accept Christ cannot enter into eternal peace after our physical bodies die. We believe God is calling out to each of us, no matter who we are, what we have done, or what we grew up believing, everyone can be Saved by Accepting Christ. This is one way to understand it:
Nobody’s perfect. We have all sinned against God and against each other. You don’t have to be perfect in order to talk to God; you don’t even have to be good: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Nobody deserves God’s mercy. That’s what makes it such a great gift! The gift of salvation is better than any present you have ever received because it lasts FOREVER! If we all got what we deserved, we would get a one-way ticket to nowhere. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) It’s because Jesus already took our punishment for all the rotten things we have ever done, or ever will do, that we don’t have to get what we deserve. “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: “While we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) All we have to do to receive this gift of eternal life with God is to simply ask Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior – and believe that He will rescue us from sin and death. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Jesus doesn’t mind if we still need some work once we accept Him. The good news is that now we have His help to do all that He would ask us to do. Once we call Him Lord, He will be our guide through the rest of our lives, both here on earth and forever in life-after-death. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
If you would like to have Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer or any other that comes to your mind (you might even consider praying out loud):
Lord, I know I don’t deserve it, but would You please take me as one of Your own? I want to be included in Your family and live with You forever in Your eternal kingdom. I haven’t done such a great job with my life so far, but if You will have it, I give it to You. I believe You sent Your son, Jesus Christ, to take my place on the cross and set me free from the eternal emptiness that I deserve. I’m sorry it had to be like that. Thank You for what You did for me. I now completely turn my life over to You and commit to a life of learning more about You, serving You in every way that I can, and sharing Your love with everyone that You put along my path.
In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ- Amen!
That’s it. No magic fairy dust, chants, or ceremonies. If you have not been baptized, please find a local church where you can do this. It is important to become part of a church family where you can worship Him weekly, study about Him through classes and other small groups, receive Holy Communion, and use the gifts and talents you have been given (Yes! You do have them) to serve Him in whatever way He leads. Don’t worry if it takes a while to figure this out, just commit to getting to know Him and His Word, and in time, you will find your way. And keep coming back here to learn more about your NEW LIFE IN CHRIST.
Congratulations! And welcome to the family!
“Therefore, if ANYONE is in Christ, he is a New Creation; the old is gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)