Where will you spend Eternity?
You’re not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is SIN.
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. The Bible says:
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:10
No matter how good we try to be, none of us do right things all the time.
People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that ANY sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, we are all sinners. The Bible says:
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don’t seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God forever. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die and take the punishment for our sins.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can’t make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU! It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is “repentance” – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God’s.
All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thous shalt be saved. Romans 10:9-10
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? If so, pray to the Lord right now and tell Him your heart, He is listening.
What should you pray?
It’s as easy as ABC
- Acknowledge to God that you are a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent and turn to God
- Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ paid the full penalty for your sin by dying on the cross – a penalty of which you owed
- Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sin