For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Giving Your Life to Jesus
Some people think all it takes to be a Christian is to go to church or to have been baptized as a baby. Attending services can certainly help put you on the right track, but just going to church makes you a Christian as much as standing in your garage makes you a car. There is another important step. You have to accept Jesus as both your Savior and Lord.
You don’t have to say a bunch of magic words to accept Jesus. Basically, it just means surrendering. I know the world teaches us that to surrender is a bad thing. Some consider it a sign of weakness or defeat. However, when it comes to being a Christian, it is actually a symbol of strength. It means you’re aligning yourself with the greatest power in the universe, and are willing to admit you are not the one who is really in control. That is the “Lord” part.
As for the “Savior” part, this just means you admit you have made mistakes in your life and you would like to be forgiven for them. You see, we have all fallen short and all make mistakes. Becoming a Christian allows us to confess and essentially wipe the slate clean. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take care of all of those mistakes for us. He bore the brunt so we wouldn’t have to.
If you don’t ever remember confessing that Jesus is your Lord and Savior or if you want to accept Him into your life, you can take care of that right now. Just repeat the prayer below with a sincere heart. If it is your first time to do so, please let someone know that you have done it. You can tell a member of your church or a friend whom you know is a Christian. They will help you take the next step.
God, I know I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. I know I have sinned. But I believe You can help wipe the slate clean. I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me, and I accept Him now as my Savior and Lord. God, I thank You for drawing me to You, I thank You for Your forgiveness, and I thank You for the new life You have begun in me. I believe I am a new creation. Amen.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.