1. Recognize Your Condition
In order to find the way to eternal life with God, I must admit I am lost in sin. Romans 5:12 teaches us that since Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, a sin nature has been present in all people. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Sin is any act contrary to God’s laws and commandments, and those sins that I have committed separate me from God. Anytime I have done something wrong against anyone there have been consequences. Similarly, sin against God also has a penalty. Romans 6:23 says, 'For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The "wage" or what we earn for our sin is spiritual death, and eternal separation from God.
2. Religion and Good Works are not the Answer
Religions try to create their own ways to God. Their systems may seem logical, but they cannot bridge the gap created by our sin. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." In other words, our thoughts and ways are not what matters. God’s Word, the Bible, provides true answers of grace and forgiveness. In Ephesians 2:8–9 the Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
3. The Good News — Jesus Christ Provides the Way!
Even though we were lost and separated from God, He loved us, and God sent His Son to die on the Cross and raise from the dead three days later. John 3:16 explains "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." Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, He became the payment for our sin. Jesus Christ shed His precious blood for our sins. By His grace, salvation is provided. In Romans 5:8, the Bible says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
4. Believe and Receive Christ
In order to have a relationship with God and an eternal home in Heaven, we must stop trusting ourselves,
our works, and our religions, and place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of our
sin and eternal life. In Roman 10:13 the Bible says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved." That is a promise directly from God that if you will pray to Him, confess that
you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive your sins, and turn to Him alone to be your Saviour; He will save
you and give you the free gift of eternal life. Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose form the
grave to vie us new life if we will trust in him. You can make that decision today by turning from
your sin to Christ. You can express your faith to Him by praying from you heart something like this:
Dear God, I know that I am separated from you because of sin. I confess that in my sin, I cannot save myself. Right now, I turn to you alone to be my Saviour. I ask you to save me from the penalty of my sin, and I trust you to provide eternal life to me. –Amen