When Jesus went to the cross, He suffered for our sin (wrongdoings that separate us from God). Even if you’re a relatively good person, you’ve still sinned because you were born a sinner – separated from God without any way to have a real relationship with Him.
- The first step toward heaven is to admit that you have sinned; that you are helpless to reach God (or heaven) on your own
“Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory.” Romans 3:23
Fortunately, God had a great plan to restore us to Himself. He let His only Son become a man and take the punishment for sin that we rightly deserved. Only Jesus could have done this, because only Jesus lived a sinless life. No one else could ever qualify to do what Jesus did.
- The second step toward heaven is to agree that Jesus is God’s answer for sin, and that He’s the only way to God.
“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16
Notice that God gave His Son. Salvation through Jesus is a free gift that can never be earned by any good deeds of our own. We must simply receive Jesus as God’s provision for sin.
- The third step toward heaven is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You do this by faith by praying a prayer such as this one from your heart:
Dear God, I see that my sins have separated me from You and I repent of sin. Thank You that you loved me so much that You sent Jesus to suffer and die on my behalf, so that I could receive eternal life. I believe Jesus died for me and rose again, and I receive Him as my Savior right now. Jesus, You are my Lord, and I’ll live for You from this day on. Thank You, Father for saving me!
We know He heard us and saved us because we didn’t act on man’s opinion, we acted on God’s holy Word.
Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Congratulations on making the best decision you could ever make in life!
- There’s a fourth step we want you to be sure to take. Announce your decision to follow Christ. Find a good church right away and begin to grow in the things of God.
Share with your friends your decision to follow Jesus. They can take the same steps you took – Admit, Agree, Accept – and receive eternal life also!