Deciding to follow Jesus Christ is the most important decision we will make in life. Following Jesus means turning from our old sinful ways and turning to Him as our Saviour. It means that we choose to stop living for ourselves, and with His help, we choose to live for Him instead.
When we do this, we are forgiven of all our sins and receive new life in Christ. Such a complete transformation takes place in our hearts that Jesus described it as being "born again" (John 3:3). Jesus has made all of this possible through His death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection.
Romans 10:9 says: "If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
We are not forgiven and saved because of the good things we have done. Salvation is God's free gift to us when we place our faith in His Son:
"God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)
Through faith, we are forgiven, made right with God and accepted into His family as His children. Through the Holy Spirit, God also gives us the ability to live the new life He created and planned for us.
If you are not sure whether you are right with God, or you know in fact that you need the salvation Jesus offers, you can choose to follow Him right now by praying a simple prayer of surrender like the one below.
Dear Jesus, I'm praying this prayer because I know that I have done wrong by living without You. I am sorry, and I ask You to forgive me and save me. I accept Your love and grace for me and ask that You would be my Lord. I choose to live for You. Help me believe in You and love You every day, and help me to show the world what You are like and how great Your love is. In Jesus' name, amen.
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