What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?
Many people believe that if they live a good life, and do their best, they are a Christian, and will be able to enter heaven when they die. In other words, they’re counting on a relationship with God based on all the good works they’ve done. What does the Bible say about this? If we were to boil everything in the Bible down to its most basic message, the Bible makes three things clear:
First, the Bible says that mankind has a problem, and that problem is called sin. Sin is any action or attitude that falls short of God’s perfect standard. Every one of us has the problem of sin. And the Bible teaches us that there is a consequence to sin – sin separates us from a holy God. In fact, the Bible tells us that the end result of sin is death, and that there is nothing that we ourselves can do to solve the problem of sin.
Second, the Bible says that there is a solution to the problem of sin, and that solution is the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus, His only Son, to die in our place. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we would not have to be forever separated from God. The Bible also tells us that Jesus is the only solution for our sin problem.
Third, the Bible demands a decision. It is not enough to just know about Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. We must choose to put our trust in Christ, to receive this free gift of salvation that God offers. All of us have the problem of sin. There is only one solution to the problem – the person of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for us. Every one of us must decide…
The decision: what will you do with Jesus Christ?
You must make a decision. What are your options?
There are only three possible answers to this question.
- To say yes, to accept God’s free gift of salvation by putting your trust in Jesus Christ.
- To say no, to reject God’s offer of salvation. The Bible says that those who make this choice will spend eternity separated from God in a place called Hell.
- To say maybe, to try to put off the decision to a more convenient time. The Bible does say that God is patient, wanting everyone to come to the point of accepting His gift of salvation. But none of us are promised that we will be here tomorrow, and because of the unpredictability of death, trying to put off our decision by saying maybe automatically puts us in the no category.
So, in reality, there are only two answers to the question, What will you do with Jesus Christ? Will you accept His free gift of salvation or reject that gift?
Ask yourself the question, “What have I done with Jesus Christ? If you have never accepted God’s offer of eternal life, there is no better time than right now. If you would like to say yes to Christ, you can do it right now. The invitation is open to everyone – it doesn’t matter what you’re doing or what you’ve done.
If you would like to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ right now, you need only ask him. If you’ve come this far, you probably realize you’re about to make the most important decision of your life. Jesus said,
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
He also said,
Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
So if you ask Him, you will be accepted. The way believers talk to the Lord is through prayer. Your prayer should be your own, from your own heart to His. If you’re not in the habit of praying, though, you may need an example.
An example of such a prayer may go something like this:
Father in Heaven, I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Your Son Jesus died in my place, to pay the penalty for my sin, and rose again for my salvation. I want to turn from my sinful ways, so I now ask you, Lord Jesus, to come into my life as my Savior and my Lord.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
The Bible says, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. So if you have asked Him into your life, and believe He died to save you, you are a Christian, bound for Heaven. The difficulties of living as a Christian in a sinful world are many. Therefore it is essential that you immediately seek other sincere, Bible-believing Christians to help you sustain your resolve. Both individual Christian friends and a solid Bible-based Christian church are essential.
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