The Path to Salvation

Throughout the years people have been asking, “Why should I give my life to Jesus and become a Christian?” That’s a good question and I would guess that if you’re reading this you’re trying to answer this question in your own life. Let me share what I have found.

We are all born with emptiness in our hearts and a deep longing for our lives to have meaning. The 17th-century French religious philosopher Blaise Pascal called this hole and longing a God-shaped vacuum. Path to SalvationIn the Bible Ecclesiastes 3:11 says it like this, “He (God) has also set eternity in the hearts of men…”  Throughout our lives we try to fill that God-shaped hole with many things: success; sports; personal development; family, friends and relationships; material stuff; personal pleasure; travel and adventure; or with things like generosity and helping others. Some of these things may come close and for a time they may give us the peace of heart we are longing for, but in the end we still have that hole. It’s not that most of these things are wrong; it’s just that they don’t fill the God-shaped hole in our heart.Another problem with trying to fill this hole on our own is if we’re not careful sin will work its way in. But just like the things above, sin can’t fill that hole either and what’s worse, if left unchecked – sin will destroy us.God loves us and he has placed within our hearts a desire to know Him and a hole that can only be filled by Him. So, let’s take a look at how to fill this God-shaped hole in our lives. To do that we’re going to look at some verses from the book of Romans.

· Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This means we have all sinned and are in need of a Savior to receive God’s forgiveness.

· Romans 5:8 tells us God has provided that Savior, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

· And just so we don’t think we can save ourselves and miss our need for Jesus, in Romans 6:23 we read, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We can’t save ourselves.

· But, Romans 10:9 and 10 tell us how we can be saved, ‘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 (which means to be set free from the guilt and penalty of sin), and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.’

There is one other verse we need to consider here. It’s Acts 3:19, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” The word repent means to turn away from our sin so we don’t do it any more. That’s not to say we’ll ever be perfect, but through Christ living in us we can live with our hearts and minds turned to God.

God loves you and desires to live in a personal relationship with you. He has given you everything you need to fill the God-shaped hole in your heart. Even though you have sinned, He has provided the way for you to be forgiven by faith in Jesus Christ. If you would like to enter a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ you can do that right now by praying this prayer in faith:

“Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead so that through faith in you I may be forgiven. I ask you to forgive my sins and come into my life. God, I ask you to fill the God-shaped hole in my life with your presence, power and love. Help me to live for you. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer in faith, your sins have been forgiven, Jesus Christ is in your heart and you are now a member of God’s family. How does that make you feel? And as great as this is, it’s not the end of what God wants to do in your life; in fact, it’s only the beginning of a wonderful journey and adventure with Him. There are three steps you should now take.

1. Begin a bible study. This can be a personal study or with others, or both, but take time to put God’s word into your heart. See Psalm 119:11.

2. Take time each day to pray. Prayer is talking to God, telling Him you feelings and needs and asking what He wants to do in you and then listening for His answer. See Proverbs 3:5-8.

3. Join with other Christians for worship. Worshiping with others allows us to experience more of God’s presence; it encourages us and it makes us sharper for Him. See Matthew 18:20, Hebrews 10:23-25 and Proverbs 27 .

If you don’t have a church home we invite you to join us for worship as we serve and grow together in the Lord.

If you have asked Christ into your heart we would like to pray for you and would appreciate knowing what God is doing in you. You can send us a message and we will be praying for you and try to answer any questions you have.

May God bless and keep you always as you live for Him through faith in Jesus

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