How to Become a Christian

by David 23. February 2012 19:16

How to become a Christian

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First, I want to applaud you for taking the time to learn how to become a Christian. I assure you that becoming a Christian can and will change your entire life for the better if you’re willing to truly live your life as a Christian. With that said, I hope you already have a understanding about what a Christian is. If not, I encourage you to read What is a Christian before going any further. I believe there are many misconceptions surrounding what it actually means to be a Christian and I don’t want you continue is such a important undertaking without a understanding of the basics.

Before we can have a relationship with God, we have to understand what is separating us from God. That thing is SIN! Ask yourself, ‘Am I a sinner’. If you have ever lied, cheated, lusted, lost your temper, been mean to someone else or refused to help the needy, then you have sinned. In fact, we are all sinners.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

Sin is what keeps us out of heaven and away from God. Now the book of Romans gives us two very important passages of good news.

"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

God knows that we are born into a sinful world and are powerless to sin on our own. This is why he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us.

"For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God), but the gift of God is eternal life (in heaven with God) in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sin-free life. He did not need to be crucified on the cross because of his own sins; he died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. I have known this to be true since I was a small kid, but I did not truly understand the magnitude of Gods sacrifice until I became a parent. I cannot even imagine purposefully sending my son to be mocked, beaten, humiliated, and murdered without doing anything to stop it. This is exactly what God did. He then raised Jesus from the dead and ascended him into heaven to prepare a place for each of us. All so that you and I can receive forgiveness for our sins!

"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16

Jesus has already paid the price for your sins. Now to receive this forgiveness you must accept Jesus as your Lord & savior and repent for your sins. To repent means to confess that you are a sinner then turn from sinful ways and turn to follow Christ.

"If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Romans 10:9-10

This is where a lot of people seem to get off track. You cannot simply ask for forgiveness and keep doing the same thing you always have. You have to work hard to resist your sinful nature and habits and strive to be closer to God. Now this doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect starting tomorrow. None of us are perfect! God know that we will mess up and make sinful mistakes. But you do have to try hard to work to have a closer relationship with Him. You cannot live your life however you want to and expect to still spend eternity in Heaven by simply doing something good every now and again.  

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

You don’t have to be in a Church, you don’t have to be on your knees in a white robe with Holy water on your head. All you have to do is stop what you are doing and ask Him to come into your life. Simply pray to Him and say something similar to “God, I believe that you created heaven and earth and that your Son died for me on the cross. I believe that your son Jesus Christ rose from the dead so that I may receive forgiveness for my sins. I ask you to forgive me of my sin’s and that you become a part of my life and help me as I learn to follow you and live my life how you want me to. Amen”


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