GOD LOVES you and He desires that you have eternal life and a meaningful life. In John 3:16, Jesus says, "For God so loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."Jesus also says, "...My purpose is to give life in its fullness." But most people aren't experiencing a meaningful life aren't sure that they have eternal life because..
MAN HAS A SIN PROBLEM, which separates him from God. Everyone has sinned. "Yes, all have sinned; fall short of God's glorious ideal(Roman 3:23).
The penalty for sin is death. "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). The Bible talks about two kinds of death. The first death is physical. The second death is spiritual or eternal separation from God. " But the cowards who turn back from following Me, those who are unfaithful to Me, and corrupt and the murderers, and immoral, those conversing with demons. and idol worshipers and all liars -their doom is in the lake of fire and sulfur. This is the Second Death" (Revelation 21:8) .
MAN CAN'T PAY FOR HIS SINS nor earn eternal life through doing good works or keeping the ten Commandments (The Law). Romans 3:28 says, "So it is that we are saved by faith in Christ and not by the good things that we do." Obeying the law and doing good does not remove the penalty of our sins. So what is Gods's solution?
JESUS CHRIST IS GOD'S WAY TO HEAVEN. He is the only way. In John 14:6 Jesus said, "I'am the way, and the truth and the life. no one can get to the father except by means of me... " Jesus completely paid the penalty of your sin by dying on the cross for you. " when we were utterly helpless with no way to escape, Christ came just at the right time and died for as sinners who had no use for him...God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:6,8).
God has provided the way. What should be our response?
WE MUST PLACE OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST and trust in him alone to save us. "Because of his kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves- it too is a gift from God. Salvation in not a reward for the good that we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it "(Ephesians 2:8,9).
If you think that you must have faith in Jesus Christ plus do good works in order to receive eternal life, then you are not trusting Jesus Christ alone to save you, but you are also trusting in your self. Once you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ, He will give you the power to live a life of good deeds and holiness.
In Revelation 3:20 Jesus makes a promise: "Look i have been standing at the door and i am constantly knocking. If anyone hears Me calling Him and opens the doors, I will come in and fellowship in Him and he with Me."
Are you willing to repent of your sins, ask Jesus to come into your life to forgive your sins, to give you eternal life and to take control of your life? You can express your faith in Jesus through the following prayer.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that you died on the cross to pay all my sins. With Your help, I will turn away from my sins. Please come into my life and be my Savior and my Master. I accept your gift of eternal life. Make me the kind of new person you want me to be. Thank You for coming into my life and giving me eternal life. Amen.