Christianity is not about following a rulebook of do’s and don’ts, or about being a good person. Being a good person will not take any of us to heaven. It is all about knowing Jesus — having an intimate, personal relationship with Him. Knowing Jesus is wonderful!
The Bible tells us that “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not perish, but will have everlasting life.”
Believing on Jesus means believing He is God, trusting Him to forgive us and free us from all sin, and determining in our hearts to live for Him from now on. When we take these few simple steps from a heart attitude of truly wanting to know God, He actually enters into us and lives inside of us. Peace and gladness fill our hearts. We start to think and act like Jesus would. It is an unending love relationship.
If you would like to know God, pray and ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior of your life. If you need some help praying, we’ve included a prayer for you (but if you would rather pray in your own words, just go ahead and do that):
I want to know You. Please come and live inside of me, and be my Lord from now on. I believe You died for my sins, and I’m so grateful that You did that for me. Please forgive me for all wrong I have ever done. I will love You and be Yours all the days of my life from now on.
Once you have asked Jesus to come into your heart, be sure to tell others that you now belong to Him. You might be able to help them know Jesus too!
Keep in mind that asking Him into your life is just a beginning. To deepen your relationship with God, talk with Him frequently in prayer and read the Bible. The New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are a good place to start. It is also important to find a Bible-believing church that is alive and full of the Presence of God, so that you can connect with other Christians who can help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Congratulations! By receiving Jesus, you have entered into a wonderful adventure that will last for eternity. May the Lord bless you and help you through every step along the way.
Please see our series of articles, The Nature of God.