Jesus’ life is a love story about you.
With all the crazy things that happen in our lives, it’s sometimes hard to see if any of it has a point at all. The secret to finding meaning behind what seem like crazy, random happenstances is knowing that your story is closely intertwined with God’s story. That right! He has been with you since the moment you were born and has been patiently waiting for this moment in your life. His deepest desire is to walk with you as you write your story together.
What is God’s story?
Jesus Christ, who never did anything wrong (1 Peter 2:22), who is the eternal Son of God, came down from His place in Heaven and became a human being (John 1:1,14), and died a horrifying death to pay off the debt we owe to God.
See, we are all full of sin from the moment we’re born; it’s been inherited through the generations from the Garden of Eden (Romans 3:23). We’ve all done things that are against what God commands for our lives. Maybe they were horrible sins. Maybe they didn’t hurt anybody. Either way, sin is sin, no matter what the flavor. We deserve death because of our sin—a spiritual death that leads to eternal separation from God—but because He is merciful and loving, God chose to save us even though we don’t deserve it (Romans 5:8).
When Jesus was crucified on the cross (John 19:31-42), He took the punishment that we should have taken on our own (2 Corinthians 5:21). Three days later, He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), proving His victory over sin and death. “In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
If we place our faith in the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, trusting that His death on the cross has paid for our sins, we will be forgiven for every wrong we have ever done (or will do) and receive the promise of eternal life in Heaven (Acts 3:19).
Check out these verses too: John 3:16 | Romans 10:9 | Ephesians 2:8-9
How is my story a part of His story?
If you accept Jesus Christ as the One who has saved you from what we all deserve, then your story is as intertwined with God’s story as Jesus’ is. He wants to guide you toward the best possible choices you can make and show you how to live a life that will shine God’s light on a dark world.
Here is a sample prayer that can help you talk to God about putting your faith in Jesus. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will NOT save you. They are only words. Only trusting in Christ can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation.
“God, I know that I have sinned against you and deserve punishment. But I also know that Jesus Christ took that punishment for me so that I could be forgiven. I place my faith in Jesus Christ and my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your amazing grace and forgiveness and the gift of eternal life! Amen!”
Stuff to Remember
Salvation and forgiveness of sins are not about following steps or saying certain words or even being baptized. Yes, Christians should be baptized. Yes, Christians should publicly confess Christ as Savior. Yes, Christians should turn from sin. Yes, Christians should commit their lives to obeying God. But those are the RESULTS of being saved, not the WAY.
All we are asked to “do” is to accept Jesus as the One who saved us—our Savior—and recognize that He has done all of the work for us, taken all the punishment. That is what makes the Christian faith different from all other world religions—they all have steps and checklists that must be followed in order to achieve salvation. It’s a lot of work, not to mention, who knows if you’ve really fulfilled each and every item the way it’s supposed to be done?
The Christian faith recognizes that God has already completed the steps FOR US and simply calls on us to believe in Him and the fact that we have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says that once we have truly accepted Christ as our Savior, we will become “new creations”. That is, we no longer have to be prisoners to our old sinful natures; we can choose to be free and follow God.
IF YOU ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST – PROCEED NOW…
You have just made a life-changing decision! You have chosen to place your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation from your sin (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). Welcome to the family, friend!
Now what? How do I begin my life with God?
Living the Christian life is a crazy journey, but don’t forget that God loves you, and He will totally be with you every single step (or stumble) of the way (Matthew 28:20). Here’s a little direction from the Bible to get you started:
1. Understand your salvation.
1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” God wants you to understand what your salvation really means and for you to know for sure that you are truly saved. Here are the major points to understanding what salvation is:
- We have all sinned. We’ve all done things that are not what God would want us to do (Romans 3:23).
- Because of this sin, all of us deserve eternal punishment in Hell, an eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23).
- Jesus willingly sacrificed His life by dying on the cross to pay the penalty for all our sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved. His resurrection proved that His death was enough to pay for our sins.
- God gives forgiveness and salvation to all those who place their faith in Jesus—trusting that His death is sufficient payment for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1).
Do you agree with all those things honestly and truly in your heart? If so, tell God that you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you will be saved! Every single one of your sins are forgiven (past, present, and future). God promises to never leave you or forsake you (Romans 8:38-39; Matthew 28:20). Remember, your salvation is secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:28-29). If you trust in Jesus alone as your Savior, you can be sure that you will spend eternity with God in Heaven!
2. Find a good church that teaches the Bible.
Don’t think of church as a place. Church is really about people. Surround yourself with believers in Jesus Christ who study and follow the Bible. Talk to a youth leader or pastor at a Bible-believing church, and let them know about your new faith in Jesus Christ.
A good church can help you begin to understand the Bible and learn how to apply God’s instructions to your life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
A good church will also worship God with you! Worship is thanking God for all He has done. God has saved us. God loves us. God provides for us. God guides and directs us. How could we not thank Him? God is holy, righteous, loving, merciful, and full of grace. Revelation 4:11 declares, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” We can worship alone with God or with others at church.
If you or your family don’t already go to church, talk to your parents or a guardian about starting to attend. Maybe one of your friends goes to a Bible-believing church and you could attend with him or her.
3. Set aside time each day to focus on God.
When you’re in a relationship with somebody, it’s very important to spend time with that person. So now that you have opened the door for God to enter your life, it would make sense to spend time each day talking to Him, listening to Him, and learning more about Him.
Talk to God about your concerns and issues. Ask Him for wisdom and guidance. Ask God to provide for your needs. Tell God how much you love Him and how much you appreciate all He does for you. Also be quiet and listen, like any good friend would. He’s listening to you, so you probably ought to listen to Him as well.
You can learn more about God in church, youth group, and Bible studies. Those are all good things, but above all, make time to read the Bible for yourself. Knowledge is power, guys, and the Bible contains everything you need to know in order to live a life that honors God. The Bible is basically God’s instruction manual for life. How cool is that?
4. Seek friendships with those who can help you spiritually.
1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” The Bible is full of warnings about the influence others can have on us. Spending time with those who engage in sinful activities may cause us to be tempted by those things. That is why it is so important to surround ourselves with people who love God and are committed to Him. Isn’t that a better character to rub off on us?
Try to find a friend or two, maybe from church, who can help you and encourage you (Hebrews 3:13; 10:24). Ask your friends to keep you accountable in your walk with God. Ask if you can do the same for them!
This doesn’t mean you have to give up all your friends who do not know Jesus as their Savior. After all, that was once you, right? Be careful not to judge them. Continue to be their friend and love them. If the opportunity arises, let them know that Jesus has changed your life and that you cannot do all the same things you used to do. Ask God to give you opportunities to share Jesus with your friends.
5. Get baptized.
The word “baptize” means “to immerse in water”. Baptism is a biblical symbol used to publicly proclaim your new faith in Jesus and your commitment to follow Him. The action of being immersed in the water tells the story of Christ being buried, then resurrected. In essence, you are saying, “I identify with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection” (Romans 6:3-4).
Remember that baptism is not the way to salvation. Baptism does not wash away your sins. Baptism is simply a step of obedience, a way of announcing your faith in Christ alone for salvation. If you are ready to be baptized, speak with a pastor as soon as you can.Tags: about me about you jesus jesus christ love story salvation