There are many ways people try to get to heaven to be with God. Some try to buy their way, others work their way. Some think if they are basically a good person or go to church they’ll go to heaven. But, all of these bridges that people try to build fall short and we are still separated from God. You see, there is a gap between God and mankind and it’s called sin. Because of sin we are kept from God. The Bible says:
|For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom 3:23)|
That means everybody is separated from God and heaven because of sin. Check out this other verse:
|For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23-King James Version)|
Let’s look at Romans 6:23 a little closer
Wages are something that you get for something that you’ve done. It’s kind of like a paycheck. We all earn wages from God on our lives and we all will get paid one day.
Sin is like breaking the rules. There is a way things are supposed to be done. God has established many guidelines for our lives. Sin is bad and evil. It’s like missing the mark. We could do much better, but choose not to.
Death is the penalty for sin. Because we all have sinned, we all shall die. Look at the local cemetery to see if people are still dying. This physical death is only one part of this sentence though. If you separate yourself from God in this life then the same will be true if you were to die. That would truly be sad to be eternally separated from God and Heaven. Spiritually, we are all dead and on our way to Hell.
The WAGES of SIN is DEATH BUT… This word is very important. It shows us that there is another side to what has already been said. Were it not for this word being here, all hope would be lost for us. We would be eternally separated from God.
Wages are receiving for what we have done. A GIFT is just the opposite. It has been paid for by someone else. You might call it a FREEBIE. Something very important has been purchased for us and it could be ours if we would just accept it.
Just as a GIFT is opposite of WAGES; notice that GOD is opposite of SIN. He is totally righteous and holy. God loves you and has a special gift to give you even though you are separated from Him by your sin.
Just as DEATH is separation from God forever, ETERNAL LIFE is being able to be with God in Heaven forever. You can be DEAD spiritually even though you are alive physically. You can also be ALIVE spiritually and spend eternity in Heaven with God if you accept His free GIFT. How can you get God’s free GIFT?
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
As I said before, people try many ways to get to Heaven. The Bible tells us that there is only one way to get this GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE and it is THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. You must realize that He is the only way to get to Heaven. He’s the one who paid for the GIFT by dying for your sins. His blood that was shed can clean you up like a bar of spiritual soap making your heart and life new.
Now, whether you choose to take this gift is up to you. What do you have to do to receive it?
Jesus Christ must be your LORD. That means He must have total control of your life. What He says, you will do. Where He sends, you will go. You must surrender all that you have and all that you are to Him. Now, knowing this is not enough. Many people have come this far, but that’s not far enough. How do I make Jesus my Lord?
|For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23)|
Because of our sin, we are separated from God. We must turn away from our sins and to God (repentance). You might say that asking Jesus to be your Lord is as simple as A, B, C.
A. ADMIT TO BEING A SINNER:
Step number one is to accept the fact that there is a problem. I’m a sinner and I can’t change it by myself. There are things in my life that are wrong and I want to make them right. I must agree with God and the Bible that I’m a sinner, on my way to Hell, and I want to be rescued.
B. BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST:
He died for me and was raised from the dead so that I can be SAVED (Rom. 10:9). If He didn’t do this, my sins could not be forgiven. Because of Christ paying the price for salvation I can turn away from my sins and receive ETERNAL LIFE asking Him to be my Lord. He is the only way. This must be understood.
C. CONFESS JESUS AS LORD:
You must confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord. You must call on God surrendering all to be saved and then share this decision with others.
I can’t force you to be saved, but would you like to call out to God now and ask Him to save you?
|“Lord, I’m calling out to you now because I’m a sinner and need to be saved. I know that there is nothing I can do on my own to get to Heaven. I believe that your son Jesus died for my sins and rose again so that I might be saved. My life is full of faults and I’m sorry. Please forgive me of all my sins and come into my life and be my Lord. Thank you Jesus for coming into my life and making me a Christian. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”|
If you sincerely prayed that prayer then tells somebody about your decision to get saved. Now that you’re saved you’ll want to be baptized. It’s very important that you start your life as a Christian reading your Bible and praying to God everyday. Find a Church that you can go to every week to learn more about Jesus and the Bible. Don’t forget to write today’s date down somewhere to always remember when you made your choice to receive Jesus as your savior. Satan will come along real soon and try to get you to doubt your decision. Show him the day you got saved!!!
|Spiritual Birth Certificate|
By confessing with my mouth Jesus as my Lord and believing in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I became a Christian today. I asked God to forgive me of all my sins because I was a lost sinner on my way to hell. Now I have Eternal Life and will be with God forever in Heaven. I’m a new person and will serve my Jesus every day of my life. I have been born again. Date: ____________________________ Signed: ___________________________ 1 John 5:12-13
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bro. Allen Bowen , Pastor of Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church.