Anyone can be saved. The question is — how?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you need to be saved?
- Do you want to be saved?
- How can you be saved?
1. Do you need to be saved?
The Bible sets the standard for salvation pretty high. Have you ever taken a test where the pass mark is 100%? That is the pass mark in terms of holiness for the examination of life. God has set His standard of morality for us in the Ten Commandments. Let’s look at a few of the Ten Commandments to see if you measure up.
The 9th Commandment says that you must not tell lies. How many lies do you think you have told in your life? If you have told just one lie, that makes you a liar, just as if you committed one murder, you would be a murderer. The Bible says that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire.
The 8th Commandment says that you must not steal. If you have ever taken something, however small, that does not belong to you, then you are a thief. The Bible says that no thief will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The 7th Commandment says that you must not commit adultery. Jesus said that whoever looks on someone with lust has already committed adultery in their hearts. The Bible says that no adulterer will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The 3rd Commandment says that you must not take the LORD’s name in vain. If you have ever used the words “God”, “Jesus” or “Christ” as if it were a filthy cuss word, then you are a blasphemer. The Bible says that God will not leave unpunished those who blaspheme His name.
These are just four of the Ten Commandments. Need we go on? The chances are that you are a lying, thieving, blaspheming adulterer-at-heart, and you have to face God on Judgment Day. If God judges you by the Ten Commandments, will you be innocent or guilty? You will be guilty. So — will you deserve heaven or hell? You know that you will deserve hell. And that is why you need to be saved, because we care about you and do not want you to go to hell.
2. Do you want to be saved?
There is no reason for you to go to hell, even though you deserve hell. But it is only when you are convinced that you need a Savior that you will want a Savior. The issue is that you have broken God’s laws — the Ten Commandments. Breaking God’s laws is called sin. The Bible says that you and I are sinners, because we have disobeyed God. Some people think that God will weigh up all the good things in their lives against the bad things and come to a decision on whether or not they are good enough to enter heaven. This is not true, and you must not believe it. God tells us through the letter of James that if you have broken the Law (the Commandments) in just one area, then you are guilty of breaking all of them. But God has done something wonderful so that, even though you deserve to go to hell, you don’t have to go there. Do you want to know more about how to be saved? If so, then read on.
3. How can you be saved?
First, you must recognize the truth of what is written above — that you are a sinner, who deserves hell and who needs and wants a Savior.
Second, repent of your sin. This means that you must turn completely away from your sin. It is more than just saying sorry; it is a complete change of direction as you endeavor, by God’s power, to go His way, instead of the way of sin.
Third, you must trust in Jesus completely. You see, He took the punishment for your sins on the cross. He is the only person who never sinned — yet God the Father punished His Son in your place and in my place, if we will accept Him. So put your complete trust in Jesus. Pray to Him (this is like talking to Him) and ask Him to forgive you. He always and immediately forgives those who genuinely call on Him in this way.
There is no way for us to tell whether or not you have been saved as a result of reading this article. Only you (and God) know the actual contents of your heart. So find some fellowship. Get plugged into a good church, where you will be taught the truth of Scripture. Get a Bible, and read a portion of it every day, so that God can teach you from His word. If you would like to let us know that you have been saved, then we would be thrilled, and would pray for you.