God's plan of salvation

The bottom line is this: we need saving and we can't save ourselves.  Good works can't possibly make up for the damage that sin has done to our relationship with God.  Only He can save us.  Salvation is a gift from God, poured out freely from His grace.  It is available to everyone who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  The Bible tells us that there is only one way to Heaven.  Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)  We must have a relationship with Christ.  The fact that you're reading this now may be an indication that you are seeking something that is missing in your life.  You may just not know how or where to find it.  You've come to the right place.  All you need to do is to trust Jesus today.  The recipe is simple:

1. Admit that you are a sinner.  Don't worry, though, you've got a lot of company.  We've all sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23).  God has made for us a way out--a way to be dead to sin--and the first step is admitting you've got the problem.

2. Be willing to repent of your sin.  Repentance doesn't just mean saying you're sorry.  It means turning from sin and turning your life Gad-ward.  That doesn't mean you won't ever sin again.  It simply means that you will make every effort to live for God, and that you will accept God's help in making that happen.

3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead.  The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)  It's the payment we've earned.  But the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ.  He bore our punishment so that we could stand blameless in front of God.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!

4. Through prayer, invite Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of your life.  It doesn't have to be fancy or wordy--heartfelt and straightforward will do.  Perhaps something like this:  God, I realize that I am a sinner who needs forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sin.  I want to turn from sin.  Jesus, come into my heart and be Lord of my life.  Amen.

If you've prayed a prayer like that, welcome to the family of God!  Eternal life starts today.  There are a few other things that would be good for you to do right now.  First, talk to God every day.  He loves to hear from us and draws near to us through prayer.  Second, find a Bible-based church where Jesus is Lord so that you can worship, fellowship, and serve with your brothers and sisters.  Third, read your Bible.  It truly is life's instruction book.  Lastly, tell others about Jesus.  Never be ashamed to speak the name.  It may mean the difference between life and death.