By Julie Scheib - Discovery House
One of the most well-known verses in the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV) What exactly does this mean? There is nothing we can do to deserve or earn this gift from God. Everlasting life, or salvation, is freely given to us by the grace of God. There is a catch, though.
First, we have to believe in the triune God, that is, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three persons in one. How do we do that? We say a simple prayer of faith that goes something like this: “Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is your son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.” (Billy Graham website.) Last, we turn from our sins and repent. To repent is to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.
Billy Graham, in one of his many sermons, was quoted as saying, “Death is the common reality of all human life. Are you ready?” This is a question we all need to be asking ourselves. If we are willing to pray the prayer of faith and sincerely mean it, Christ will come into our lives and do some powerful, supernatural things. This is what the good news of the gospel is all about. We become a new creation, in Christ, born anew.
Then, to get to know our savior, we need to spend time in the word. In the Bible, which is our guide for living, we find, “The mind, the heart, the spirit – who God is. It is the story of God’s love for us – a love letter from God.” (Dr. Charles Stanley) By reading and meditating on the Bible, “Our fears and worries will be resolved, our questions will be answered and we will find strength and guidance for daily living.” (Bishop T.D. Jakes)
Go ahead and take the steps outlined above. I promise you won’t be disappointed.