Each person’s journey to Christ begins with a first step.
God knows you by name and despite all the bad things you’ve done, He wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
That’s why Jesus came. The penalty for sin is eternal separation from God in Hell. Yet our Creator loves us. Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, so we wouldn’t have to.
The Bible says:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NIV)
What this verse means is that every human being has done bad things. The Bible calls our bad deeds “sins.” At times we’ve all been selfish, greedy, manipulative, mean-spirited or self-pitying. But sin can also be indifference to suffering, or refusing to forgive other people.
I flunk “the sinless test” every day—how about you? Fortunately, there’s good news. We don’t have to earn our way to Heaven, because Jesus already paid for us to go there.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NIV)
Do you want to begin over? Are you willing to turn your back on old sinful habits and surrender your life to Christ?
All you have to do is pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I’m sorry for all the bad things I’ve done. Please come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord. I receive your free gift of eternal life and want to follow You always.”
Welcome to the family. You are now my brother or sister in Christ.
My key piece of advice? First, start reading the Bible, because It’s the inspired Word of God. Begin with the story of Jesus’ life and teachings, the four gospels. I’d start with the book of John. Afterwards, you can read more about our Savior from slightly different viewpoints in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Secondly, and just as important, find a good church and start going every week. You are a brand new believer You’ll need older Christians to teach you God’s ways and help you grow in your faith.
Special note from an ex-atheist:
For any atheists or agnostics reading this who don’t think God exists, I have a personal challenge. Go ask Him. Just speak into the empty air and say,
“God, if You exist, I need to know.”
I am fully confident that if you are sincere in wanting to know the truth, He’ll answer.
Just don’t expect Him to do anything “flashy.” He’s God, so He doesn’t have any need to show off.