This is John, a friend from Ireland. He has something to tell you…
Since the day you were born, you’ve been on a quest. You wonder if life has some kind of meaning and purpose beyond mere existence. Maybe you’ve even wondered if you’re the only one who feels this way.
You aren’t. Deep down inside, we’re all searching.
No matter who you are or what your life’s been like, God loves you and designed you to know Him in a very personal way. Someone once said, “You [God] have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.” God offers you this marvelous relationship with Himself—and He made it possible through His Son, Jesus. He calls it “salvation”.
How can I have this relationship with God?
- Realize that you’re a “sinner”
Sin is when we break God’s commands and disobey Him. No matter how good a life we try to live, we all fall miserably short of being a truly good person. That’s because we’re all sinners—imperfect and disobedient—and it separates us from God. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one” (Romans 3:10). We can’t become who God wants us to be—His children and friends—without Jesus Christ.
- Recognize that Jesus died in your place for your sins
Since sin is bad it must be punished. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). But wait—the Bible also tells us, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). This is amazing news—God loved us so much He sent His only Son to be punished for us by dying the death we deserved to die because of our sins.
- Repent from your sins
The word repent means to change direction in life. The Bible says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19). Instead of running from God, we turn away from our sins and run toward Him.
- Receive Jesus and follow Him
Following Jesus isn’t just believing a creed or going to church, it’s letting Him own your life and dwell in your heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your life] and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Revelation 3:20).
If you want this relationship with God, tell Him in your own words. You can pray something like this (and mean it from your heart):
Dear Lord Jesus, I know I’m a sinner. I believe You died for me to save me from hell and bring me to you and to heaven. Right now, I turn from my sins and ask You to come into my life. I want to follow you now, and I ask You to be my Lord and my Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, Jesus Christ now lives in you! Your decision to follow Him means that God has forgiven all your sins, you now have a real relationship with Him and that you’ll spend eternity in heaven (and not…someplace else). This is called salvation, and it’s the best news of all!
Tell us about your decision to follow Jesus and we’ll send you a free Bible and a few extras to help you get know God better and grow in your relationship with Him. You can contact us here.
Here are some important first steps:
- Read the Bible. Start by reading Matthew or John (check the table contents)
- Talk to God (pray!)
- Go to church—God’s people need you and you need them
- Tell others what Jesus did for you—they need Him, too.