What It Means to Be a Christian
Very simply, it means to be the person whom God created you to be! It means being right with our loving Creator through faith in Jesus Christ. It means having a God-given purpose for this life and an eternal hope for the life hereafter. It means real joy, peace and love.
Why Should I Care?
Everyone wants to enjoy life and have hope for life after death, and that only comes through Jesus Christ. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
Sin keeps us from being right with God, no matter how good we try to be. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23).
As a result we are eternally alienated (separated) from God. “For the wages of sin is death...” (Romans 6:23).
So What’s the Good News?
God loves us and wants us to be right with Him. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:” (1 John 3:1).
God made us right with Him through Jesus Christ, who died to pay the penalty for our sin. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9).
How Do I Become a Christian?
Admit your sins. That means you confess that you have not and cannot meet God’s high standards for right living.
Believe in Jesus. That means you believe that Jesus is Lord, who died on the cross for your sins and came back to life.
Commit to living for Jesus. Turn your back on your selfish ways and follow after Him.
So what should I do?
Call out to God in prayer, confessing your sins to Him, placing all of your trust in Jesus for salvation.
The words in this prayer do not save you, but rather, you are saved by your sincere faith in Jesus Christ. But these, or similar words, can help you to express that saving faith. Pray the following:
“Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner; I place my faith in You now to forgive me of my sins and to help me live for You. Become the King of my heart and life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”