Open to the Savior

If you would like to welcome Jesus Christ into your life, you can do so at any time, anywhere. Consider these important facts:

God loves you and seeks a personal relationship with you! "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Rev. 3:20)

The problem is: everyone has been born into this world spiritually dead because of sin. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)

Jesus will forgive us of all sin, assuring us of eternity in Heaven! "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

To receive Jesus, pray in this manner: Lord Jesus, I'm a sinner. Please come into my life and forgive me of all sin. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. Now, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and guide me from this day forward. Thank You, Lord, for loving me! Amen.

What It Means to Be Newborn

Being newborn, or "born again," means that your inner spirit has been brought into a new relationship with God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. When God first designed you, He intended you to be in close fellowship and friendship with Him. But when you fell into disobedience and sin, as all of us have done, the contact with God was broken. You do not need to condemn yourself for your failure, but you do need to be honest and acknowledge the truth of Romans 3:12, 17,23:

Everyone has turned away; all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is right; not one...and they have never known what it is to feel secure or enjoy God's blessing...Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious ideal.

Simply stated, God's Word is saying that none of us lives up to what God created us to be. When we understand and acknowledge that fact, we are ready to respond to the reason Jesus came. Christ's redemptive life, death, and resurrection were specifically provided so that we could return to the Father's original plans for us—plans that had us in vital, restoring creative touch with Him.

Now that you've decided to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, your relationship with God is established. The moment you made that decision and believed in and committed your life to Christ, God accomplished several things for you:

Redemption. You are forgiven of sin. "So overflowing is His kindness toward us that He took away all our sins through the blood of His Son, by whom we are saved." (Eph. 1:7)

Cleansing. You are washed from your sin. "He saved us—not because we were good enough to be saved, but because of His kindness and pity—by washing away our sins and giving us the new joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:5)

Regeneration. You are born anew. "Jesus replied, ‘What I am telling you earnestly is this: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God'." (John 3:5).

From Newborn: Your New Life with Christ by Jack Hayford. Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois. Copyright © 1984 by Jack Hayford. All rights reserved.