To be an authentic follower of the way of Jesus, a person must understand four basic spiritual realities. He or she must be willing to acknowledge his or her individual, personal need for God’s grace and affirm to God this need. Let’s review the fourth of these realities.
4. We must individually receive Christ as our personal Savior. That is the single most important decision about the purpose and character of your life. Are you going to live on the side of life or the side of death, on the side of good or the side of evil? Can you recognize that you are estranged from God, living your life in a fundamentally self-centered manner, acknowledge that you are powerless to save yourself, and recognize that Jesus is your only hope? If so, then you must take the final step, accept Him as your personal Savior and commit to live your life as a follower of Jesus.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and will have fellowship him and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Jesus said, “Come unto me, all who labor with heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and you will find rest and spiritual peace. (Matthew 11:28-29)
These are some of the most wonderful promises recorded in God’s word. Once you have surrendered your heart to Jesus Christ—centered your life on following the way of Jesus—you will find spiritual newness and life deep inside.