Invitation

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Need to give your life to Christ? If so, today is the perfect day (tomorrow may be too late – James 4:14).

Right now, you may be wondering: How do I give my life to Christ?  Well, first of all, if you don’t already, you need to know who Christ is and why you need to give your life to Him.  So I’ll tell you (briefly).  Firstly, you must understand that there is only one God; He exists, eternally, in three persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ is God the Son.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus left his home in Heaven and came to earth (Luke 2) with a mission: to pay a penalty that man could not pay, for a debt that man owed.  

Jesus came to die for the sins of mankind (Isaiah 53:5), which would save us from the (deserved) wrath of God and would reconcile us back to God.  (Note: The fall of Adam [which occurred when he and his wife, Eve, ate from the tree God had forbidden them to in the Garden of Eden] separated man from God – read about it in Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21).

Without Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 2728), we would all be doomed to eternal destruction – Romans 3:23.  (There was/is nothing we could do to atone for our own sin – Ephesians 2:8-9. Therefore, Christ’s sacrifice is our gift (2 Corinthians 9:15)!  However, we must accept this gift in order to be saved.  If we reject Jesus’ sacrifice (by denying Him/refusing to accept His atonement for our sins), we cannot spend eternity in Heaven (Jesus is the only way to Heaven – John 14:6); and the only other option for us is hell and damnation…eternal separation from the great and holy God (John 12:48; Revelation 20:15).

Now that I’ve given you a little background on who Jesus is and why you need to give your life to Him (be sure to get yourself a Bible to learn much, much more), I’m going to extend to you the official invitation.  However, before I do, I want to make something explicitly clear: This journey is not going to be easy (Luke 14:25-33).  God is a good God; however, He will allow hardship and trials to grow you up, to mold you into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ (see John 16:33Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 10:22).  Therefore, dying to self and committing to being totally surrendered to God, and not your flesh (your feelings, wants, and desires), is crucial on this journey.

With these things in mind, and the newfound understanding that there is nothing you can do to save yourself, because Jesus, alone, saves, would you like to accept Jesus’ invite “to come,” to repent and believe in Him (Mark 1:15)?  If so, Romans 10:9-10 tells you exactly how you must do that.  It says: “If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.”

It’s as simple as that, friends.  Believe with your heart, and declare what you believe with your mouth.  (Note: Baptism and finding a church home [that teaches the pure, unadulterated Word of God] should be next up on your list following your conversion [cf. Hebrews 10:25].  Note 2: Please understand that you must study the Word of God, in order to know whether a church you’re attending is truly in alignment with Him.) 

Before I conclude, let me add one other important detail: When you repent and believe in Jesus’ finished work, you are given new life in Him (Galatians 2:20).  Your old life passes away, and your new life begins (2 Corinthians 5:17).  No longer are you held captive to the sins of your past, but instead, you are free in Christ! (John 8:36).

(Also, when you believe, submitting to Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are given a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who will lead and guide you along your journey – John 14:16-17; John 16:13.)

This, my friends, is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.  Give your life to Jesus…today (Romans 12:1-2; 6:11-14).

You won’t regret it, I promise!  🙂

 

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