Are you ready to give your life to Jesus?

You make hundreds of decisions every day. Some of those decisions have little consequence on the rest of your life. Should you could wear the red shirt, or the blue shirt? It really doesn’t make much difference. Other decisions have more significance and will impact your life considerably. Career and marriage decisions can have an impact for the rest of your life. There is one decision you will make that impacts your life in this world and the next. The question you have to answer is what will you do about a man named Jesus?

 

You clicked on this page because you’re either ready to make the decision about Jesus, or you want to know more about how to make that decision. So, since you’re wanting to know, let’s start at the beginning, you.

 


Before we talk about what you think of Jesus, you need to know what you think about yourself. Do you think of yourself as a good person? Do you try to do what’s right and live a good life? Maybe a better question is, do you even see the need for Jesus? There’s a passage in the Bible that says Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Do you think you have it all together, or are you lost? I hate to rain on your parade, but if you think you have it all together and you have no need for Jesus, you’re wrong. Nobody has it all together completely. You cannot begin your walk with Christ until you realize your need for him. The Bible word for it is “sin.” And that simply means that you have not lived up to God’s perfect standard. Your spiritual journey begins with the recognition that you need a spiritual journey.

 

God knows you can’t fix your sin problem on your own. Therefore, God sent someone to help you, someone who did have it all together, who was perfect and without fault. That person’s name is Jesus. To make it simple, since you don’t live up to God’s standard, you deserve death. But Jesus, who did live up to God standard, died in your place. And because Jesus died in your place, that means you can live without having to pay the price for your failure before God. The Bible calls it a free gift; but how do you unwrap that gift?   


There are a few steps to becoming a follower of Jesus. The Bible uses a fancy big word called “repentance.” What this word means in simple English is recognizing you did something wrong and you don’t want to ever do it again. That doesn’t mean you won’t do it again; it means you were going to try to not do it again. God demands a repentant heart for people to follow him. That makes sense doesn’t it? Why would Jesus accept people I didn’t really want to change their lives? God wants you to realize you have done wrong and have a sincere desire to change.

 

Along with repentance, Jesus is looking for people who truly believe in him. The idea of believing in Jesus is more than simply believing he exist. Jesus is looking for people who will do more than just believe in his existence. He is looking for people who believe he is who he says he is, God’s son, who left heaven, came to earth, died on your behalf, and is resurrected, living again to this very day and forever. To believe also means to put your faith in him; you trust him and his teachings and trust him to provide guidance for your life.

 

Every time I get on a rollercoaster, I look at the cart and wonder how it stays on the track. I have to convince myself that it always has before, so I get on. There is a difference between staying on the ground and believing the rollercoaster is safe and sitting in the rollercoaster believing it is safe. To believe in Jesus means sitting in the cart fully trusting him. To simply believe he existed but not follow him, is not believe in him.


The physical act that displays repentance and faith is baptism. By participating in baptism, you demonstrate humility before God as you place your life in the hands of another. It is a physical exhibition of that fancy word repentance. By going under the water, you symbolize a death to your old lifestyle and are raised to new life filled with the Spirit of God.

 

Recognizing your own shortcomings and need for God with the desire to follow him and being baptized into Christ is the easy part. Following that you begin a lifelong journey of learning to walk in step with Jesus. Breaking old habits and learning a new way of life is hard. To be honest, it’s a process that will last the rest of your life. From this point you begin a journey of learning what the Bible teaches about God and about life. You will stumble and make mistakes, and sometimes you may even return to old habits, but you are never alone. Learning how to connect with Jesus and live by the Spirit that now lives within you is the greatest adventure of your life.

 

This is only the beginning of what it means to be a Christian. We encourage you to reach out to any of our staff members who will be delighted to talk to you about entering a relationship with Christ that will give you joy beyond your wildest dreams.   

Going Deeper

If you are interested in looking up some of the scriptures to support these teachings, see the following:

 

Your broken nature:

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 (NLT)

Also see: Mark 10:18, Romans 3:9, Romans 5:12, 1Kings 8:46,

 

Faith:

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

Also see: Genesis 15:6, John 3:15, John 5:24, John 7:38, John 14:1, Acts 13:39, Acts 16:31

 

Repentance:

 “The time has come,” Jesus said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 (NIV)

Also see: Matthew 3:2, Mark 1:4, Luke 13:5, Acts 26:20, Ezekiel 18:30

 

Baptism:

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37–38 (NLT)

Also see: Acts 8:12, Acts 10:48, Acts 16:15, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:4-8