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How to Become a Christian Before It's Too Late

 

God Wants You In Heaven, But Don't Be Fooled

By Your Choices On How You'll Actually Get There

 

How to Become A ChristianMost people don't realize there are two basic roads which people try to take in order to become believers and gain entrance into heaven.

 

The "default way" which so many people choose is based upon a lot of assumptions. They assume that because they're "nice" or "good" that God will let them into heaven. Anyone who thinks like that is not actually on the road to heaven. They've adopted a set of home-made beliefs of how they think things should work, but the reality of how one becomes a Christian and gets into heaven are quite different.

 

The Lord says that most people are on the wrong spiritual road. Unfortunately, the right road that leads to true salvation is actually a well guarded secret even to church attenders. Many churches groups, cults and other religions proclaim false messages which confuse and obscure how you actually become a Christian and gain entrance into heaven.

It doesn't really matter what we think. What matters is what God says. After all, he's the one who will decide your fate. So you really want to be sure that you know God's way into heaven, because the alternative of eternal punishment is a fate you definitely don't want. So let's take a moment to look at the words of Jesus on this subject:

Two Ways to Heaven?

 

"Someone asked him, 'Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?' He said to them, 'Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.'" (Luke 13:23-24 NIV).

Jesus was saying the majority of people trying to enter heaven will not be able to find the right door. That's scary. And that's certainly is not the message you hear from so many churches today. But this teaching was of such importance, the Lord repeated his warning at the Sermon on the Mount:

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV).

We need to understand what the Bible declares is necessary to become a true Christian. It is far better that we know the truth, then to imagine we're "okay" when in fact we're destined for hell. If you are an unbeliever, you are on that wide road and that path leads to your destruction.

Many assume they are Christians because they believe in Christ. Yet the reality is that they have never really come to Christ. (To understand how the Bible defines what a Christian is, see this article: What is A Christian?) According to the Lord, the majority even of those who go to church haven't actually been born again. And most of the so-called "conversions" really have not been converted at all. They are just lost souls playing church.

 

So let's cut past all of the easy-believism and the false teaching and clarify what must happen when someone truly becomes a Christian and receives salvation.


Let's Face Some Negatives:


First, you are unlikely to find Christ if you just want to try him out. If your goal is to "try Jesus"—like you might try a recreational drug or the latest new psych craze for better living—you're not really going to experience him. People who come to Christ out of curiosity are unlikely to be satisfied. Unlike some of the evangelists, Christ doesn't offer "benefits" or "bonuses" for believing in him.

 

Actually, he offers the exact opposite. He offers a life of self-denial. He offers a lifestyle where your flesh must be crucified on a daily basis. He offers a life that could easily be full of persecution just for following him. A real encounter with the living God requires a broken and humbled heart. That's unlikely to happen if you're just trying to satisfy your curiosity or find a spiritual high. If you seek Christ on your own terms, I'm afraid he will not allow himself to be found by you.

Second, you can't come to Christ if you don't believe he exists. The Bible clearly states that it takes faith to please God and that you cannot come to him unless you believe he's truly God. (Hebrews 11:6). God draws a line in the sand for all of us. He says you cannot come to him if you refuse to believe in or acknowledge his existence. If you can't do that, you're simply not going to find that narrow door.

Third, you can't come to Christ if you're a basically good person. Let me make this point very clear. One of the requirements necessary to become a Christian is that you must first be a sinner. People often look at me strangely when I say that. Maybe its because they consider Christianity to be a religion full of all these do-good types of people. But the real truth is exactly the opposite of that.

You see, unlike the armed forces, God isn't in need of a "few good men." Jesus came to seek and to save those who were lost. Those who are able to grasp the reality that they have no hope apart from God are the best candidates for salvation. Unfortunately, if you think you're a good person, you've already missed the gate and are left standing in front of an impenetrable wall which is right next to a broad thoroughfare leading to destruction. God says "there is no one righteous, not even one. . . there is no one who does good, not even one." (Romans 3:10, 12 NIV).

Many of the greatest evangelists in American history concentrated on getting people to focus more closely on their own sinful natures so that they could see their lives in contrast to the holiness of God. When someone is converted to Christ under this type of preaching they are much more likely to remain "converted" than if they have heard an evangelist who has pitched Christ like he was a miracle tonic.

If you're still reading this, I want to encourage you. "The Lord is ... patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:10). Christ is drawing you to himself. He wants to draw you out of the darkness you're in and into his incredible light.

 

So here are Four Steps to Personal REVOLUTION to help you find Christ and be forgiven:

 

4 Steps to Personal Revolution 

STEP 1

God Loves You, but

Your Ways are Not His Ways.


The Lord's great promise is: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NIV). "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Jesus said, "My purpose is to give life in all of its fullness." (John 10:10b NLT).

But there's a problem. The Lord declares: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." (Isaiah 55:8 NIV). We don't think like God at all. Because we don't understand God or his ways, we'll never fully understand his love until we acknowledge our true condition.

STEP 2

Admit You're a Sinner.


The Bible says "For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard." (Romans 3:23 NLT). "If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth." (1 John 1:8 NLT). It doesn't do any good to try to hide the obvious. It might be hard to admit, but nothing you tell God is really going to surprise him. He already knows you very well; but he wants you to admit the truth.

The worst part of sin is that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a NLT). Wages are what you get for what you've done. Unless you receive God's pardon through Jesus, you will receive spiritual death for your disobedience. Even though you deserve this fate, there's hope. "The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23b NLT). Once you've admitted that you are a sinner, you need to take the next step:

STEP 3

Be Sorrowful and Change Your

Thinking About Your Sin.  

 


There are two types of sorrow. "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." (2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV).

Worldly sorrow is when you're unhappy about getting caught or about the losses your sin has caused. That kind of sorrow won't save you. Sin is abhorrent to God. So you need true Godly sorrow which cries out: "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner!"

God asks you to repent. Repentance is to change your opinion about sin. When you have adopted God's view of sin, your heart should feel broken. But instead of fleeing away from God, you must now run towards him, showing deeds consistent with your repentance. (To understand what repentance let me recommend you can read How to Repent of Your Sins. If you do not feel a sense of conviction read Coming Under Conviction.)


STEP 4

Ask Christ to Forgive Your Sins

and Come Into Your Life.

Once you are under conviction, commit yourself to Christ and ask him to wash away your sin. Jesus said: "I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..." (Revelation 3:20 NLT). Ask Christ to come live within your heart.

"If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong." (1 John 1:9 NLT). Ask Christ to forgive your sin and wash it away.

When you do this he will forgive and cleanse you "from every wrong." Because his atonement for your sins is full and complete, when you come to Christ he forgives all your sin: past, present and future.


Making Your Decision for Christ

Christ is drawing you right now. Today is your day to receive salvation. Tomorrow may be too late for you. Tomorrow you may not feel the power of God's Spirit tugging at your heart like you do right now. So if you're under his conviction, take this moment right now and pray.

Tell the Lord how you feel about your sin. Admit your lawless behavior. Talk to him about anything that might be standing in the way of your belief in him. Just be honest. He already knows how you feel, but he wants to hear it directly from you.

God wants you in his family. He doesn't want you to be a fake believer, or a religious person who is weighed down with a life of spiritual rules and regulations. He wants you to enter his kingdom right now. Here's a prayer similar to what I prayed:

"Lord, if you're really there, I want to know you. I am definitely a sinner and Lord I'm really sorry for what I've done and what I am. Please Lord, forgive me for the way I've lived my life. Please come into my heart and change me into the kind of person you want me to be. Thank you so much for answering my prayer."

If you've prayed that prayer—or something similar—continue to thank him for answering it. If you have received Christ and received forgiveness, you will more than likely feel the power of God flood over your soul. Bask in that new found encouragement from the Spirit. You should likely feel a sense of peace and power in your heart right now.

 

If you have trusted Christ I would love to have you share your experience with me. I would love to hear about it. Please send me an email using this Contact Form. I would love to put you on our list of Christian revolutionaries who want to transform their lives as well as to help revolutionize the world around us.

There are a number of articles in the Believers Section on what a brand new Christian should do and how he should think. Here's a link to an article about how to have Assurance of Your Salvation.

Being a true Christian is an amazing condition of heart and life. As you begin to listen to the Lord and gaze more intently into his Word, you will be able to see things much more clearly, from God's point of view. As Christ truly invades your conscious mind, you'll be able to see life from a whole different and unique vantage point. I've prepared a number of different articles on this site to help you in your new walk with Christ. You might want to start with How to Grow in Christ.

When Christ is in your heart, you will have the God of the universe dwelling directly in your life. Think about that for a moment. Unless you are directly related to a major political leader, you won't have the ability to get into speak to any President, Prime Minister, King or dictator who has power in this world. Yet, with Christ in your heart, you have direct access to the Creator of the entire Universe, who made everyone and everything that exists. What an incredible and unbelievably powerful connection that is to have. This is why Christian prayer has such great spiritual power. Because you will be directly connected to God! 

Now that you've become a Christian, the first part of this verse is now true:  "Now you are free from the power of sin..." (Rom. 6:22a). And the second part of the verse should be your future: "and (you) have become slaves of God." Ultimately that is what the Christian life is all about.

 

Missionary Jim Elliot wrote these prophetic words in his diary shortly before he was martyred: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he can never lose." You can't really keep your life. It is wise to exchange it for eternal life which you can never lose.

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