How do I have a personal relationship with Jesus?
You may have heard people say things like: “Do you know Jesus?” “Have you been ‘born again’?” “Are you a Christian?” “Are you ‘saved’?” Maybe you have been confused about what it all means. Some people think being a Christian is connected to your culture, your church or your behavior. But it actually goes much deeper than
In simplest terms, to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we need to believe these truths:
• You must believe we are all sinners. In Romans 3:23 the Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (NLT) We all do wrong things. Each person must be able to say, “I know I do wrong things. I cannot stop myself. I am a sinner.” Also, you must believe what the Bible teaches about sin. Our sin separates us from God and will separate us from Him for eternity if we die in our sin. And there is nothing you can do to get to Him. You cannot be good enough because it requires perfection. It is all His grace (God’s unearned favor given freely to us) “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
• Next, you must believe that God loved us so much He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to live a perfect life for us and to take the punishment for our sins. He died in our place as a perfect sacrifice. Then He defeated death by rising again to live forever. He offers to us the free gift of eternal life with Him in heaven when we believe in Him. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
• Finally, you just reach out and take the gift. You know you are helpless to save yourself, you know and believe that Jesus Christ loved you enough to die for you and that He rose again and lives forever in heaven. Then you accept. You tell Him how much you love Him and that you want the gift of salvation. You give Him your sin and accept His cleansing grace (God’s unearned favor freely given). It is like opening the door of your heart and inviting Jesus to come in. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 (NLT)
Just talk to Jesus the way you talk to your best friend. Tell Him you are sorry for your sin. Admit to Him that you know you are a sinner and you are helpless to save yourself. Tell Him that you believe He died for you and that He rose again. From your heart, tell Him you love Him and that you want to give Him your heart. Confess your belief in Him as your Savior and Lord. It does not take special words or knowledge. In Romans 10:13 it says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”(NLT) It is about believing in your heart. Jesus sees your heart and He knows what is there.
The next important step is to tell someone. Please let us know if you have just made this decision. We would love to talk to you and give you more information that would help you to grow stronger as a Christian. Also, know that once you give your heart to Jesus, you are His forever. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-28 (NLT)
The Holy Bible is the foundation for what we believe about God, mankind and salvation. The Bible teaches us that God created everything and that all He created was very good. He created people because He wanted to share His love and be loved in return. The only way to be truly loved is if someone chooses to love so He gave people the freedom to choose. He placed the first man and woman (Adam and Eve) in a garden and He gave them complete freedom except for one tree. They had one rule to follow. They could not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would die. They were tempted to believe that God was keeping something good from them; they doubted Him and ate from the tree. This was the first sin and it separated mankind from God. (Genesis 1-3) All of mankind was now destined to die and be eternally separated from God. God is completely holy and pure. He cannot have fellowship with sin. The only way back to Him was for someone to live a perfect life and then volunteer to take the punishment for sin in our place. That is exactly what Jesus Christ did. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He has always existed. Yet, He chose to be born to a woman (a virgin) by the power of the Holy Spirit and to live as a human being. He was God, yet He experienced temptation, hunger, and pain. (Read the whole story in the book of Luke) In fact the Bible says He was tempted in every way we are yet He never sinned. (Hebrews 4:15) He was condemned to die on the cross because men who were evil hated Him and because that was part of God’s plan. Jesus died for the sin of every human being who will ever live. He became the perfect sacrifice. He took our place and carried the burden and guilt of all our sin. He died for us but the glorious truth is He conquered death and rose to live eternally. Because He conquered death for us, we too can live if we believe and accept His gift of salvation. We cannot earn it, deserve it or be good enough for it but we can receive it as a free gift.
John 3:16-18 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” (NLT)
Romans 5:18-19 “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” (NLT)