Why it matters to become a Christian?
Is there a God? Who am I? Why do we exist? Why are we here? Does human life have any meaning or purpose? Many people are asking questions like this, to find meaning and purpose to their existence. The only satisfactory answers to these questions are found in the bible.
Does God exist? This is the fundamental question. If God does not exist, then searching for Him is pointless. Anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists. Whilst it is impossible to 'prove' God in the mathematical sense, the evidence is convincing. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Creation had a beginning and it was God who brought the whole world into being. (Heb 11:6; Genesis 1:1)
The bible makes it clear that man God created does not merely 'exist'. God made Man in His own image. Man is more than a highly developed animal or ape. God has given man a unique and honoured place in the universe. Man is God's personal representative on earth, with authority over all other living creatures. The first man initially constantly chose to obey all commands and as a result lived in perfect harmony with Him. However this is hardly the situation today. (Gen 1: 26-27; Psalm 4-8)
Sin entered the world through one man, and death through him. The first man and woman (Adam and Eve) were given great freedom but also one serious warning: You must not eat from the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die. This was the ideal test of man's willingness to obey what God said simply because God said it. But the devil tempted Eve to disbelieve and disobey God's words and she did. (Genesis 3)
At that moment 'sin entered the world'. By this deliberate disobedience man cut himself off from God. He died spiritually. He also began to die physically, and now had a dead soul and a dying body. Instead of loving God Adam and Eve were terrified of Him. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden; From then on the poison of sin has flowed to all Adam's descendants, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. We are all sinners and we are dying. If we claim that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, and if we claim not to be dying we are being ridiculous. Fooling around with the facts does nothing to change them. (Romans 5:12; 6:23; Genesis 3)
Many of today's newspapers, television and radio headlines remind us of the fact that the world is in a mess. It is easy to condemn violence, injustice, disorder and wrongdoing in society, but before criticizing others ask yourself whether you are perfect and living a life pleasing to the holy God. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God You are a sinner by birth, by nature, by practice and by choice, and you urgently need the facts- and the consequences. (Romans 3:23;Isaiah 53:6; Galatians 3:22)
The Bible says that the spiritual disease of sin is very serious and so are its consequences. God is holy and therefore will punish sin. (Psalm 5:4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
However, God loves us, even in our hopeless condition, and therefore sent His son Jesus Christ. Christ took upon Himself the punishment for our sins. Because of the cross, Christ shed blood, we can be freely forgiven of our sins and get into a right relationship with God. (Is 53: 3-6; Isaiah 55:7; John 3:16; Acts 16.31; 1 John 1:9)
How do I become a Christian?
There are various ways in which the question can be put. Do you want to be saved? Do you want to commit your life to Christ? Do you want to be born again?
If God has shown you your need, and you genuinely want to get it right with God, then you must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
You must repent
This means a complete change regarding sin. There must be a change of mind. You must admit that you are a sinner, a rebel against a holy and loving God. There must be change of heart - genuine sorrow and shame at the vileness and filthiness of your sin. Then you must be willing to forsake it and change the direction of your life. God challenges people to prove their repentance by their deeds. You must do this. God will not forgive any sin you are not willing to forsake. To repent is to go a new direction, seeking wholeheartedly to live in a way that pleases God. (Isaiah 55:7; 1 John 1:9)
You must have faith in Christ
First of all, this means accepting that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God and that Christ died for the ungodly. Secondly, it means believing that in his power and love Christ is able and wiling to save you. Thirdly, it means actually putting your trust in Christ, relying on Him alone to make you right with God. Jesus Christ is able to save completely those who come to God through Him. (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
What to do now.
If God has shown you your need, and given you this desire, then turn to Christ - and do it now! Ideally, pray aloud to him as follows:
- Confess that you are guilty, lost and helpless sinner
- With your heart ask Christ to save you, and take his rightful place as lord of your life, enabling you to turn from sin and live for Him
The bible says that if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved, and that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9)
If you truly trust Christ as your Saviour and acknowledge him as your Lord, you can claim these promises as your own
How can I be sure I am a Christian?
You might not feel anything now that you are a Christian. But facts can be trusted. Facts are what makes a Christian's faith secure. Here are five facts to encourage you :
- Jesus came to this earth as God's son
- Jesus teaches us what GOD WANTS
- Jesus died to make it possible for God TO ACCEPT US
- Jesus died and CAME ALIVE AGAIN
- Jesus is with you now through the HOLY SPIRIT
Walking with Jesus.
The Christian life can be hard work and it is always better if you can walk with someone else, perhaps a friend or family member who is a Christian already, or you might find a group of Christians with a church, school, or office. As a Christian, you will need to learn about the following :
We can pray to God anytime, anywhere. Find a time that suits you to pray. Start with 10 minutes a day and see how it goes. God is listening, God's holy spirit will guide you but it helps to have a pattern. Start with Praise, thank God for who He is and what He has done. Say sorry and remember that you have done wrong. Then pray about your needs and those of others. Close by thanking God again for what He has done. Remember talking to God is like to a friend.
In prayer you speak to God, in Bible reading, God speaks to you. It is therefore important that you read it every day, to find out more about the Lord and what pleases Him. As you do this, ask God to enable you to understand it's meaning and to obey it's teaching, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. If you need help in beginning to study the Bible, send for your free copy of the New Testament.
As we grow up in our Christian life, we have to give our lives to God's use. We need to do this in our daily life, whether at home, work or school. We can also serve God through our local church. God needs our abilities in His local Church. As we join with other Christians in the local church we help each other grow by serving each other with our gifts and abilitie.