For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
No one is good enough to go to Heaven on his own merit. No matter how much good we have done the Bible tells us that in the eyes of God “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” Even at my best I am unworthy of Heaven.
2. REALIZE THE PENALTY FOR SIN
For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23)
When we go to our places of employment we earn a paycheck for the work that we have done. God says that because of my sin I have earned spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. This separation will take place in Hell, which Revelation tells us is a “lake of fire.” You might say, “How can a loving God send anyone to such a place?” While God does not want anyone to go to Hell, He cannot allow our sin to go unpunished. However, He does love you and that is why He has made a way for your sins to be forgiven.
3. BELIEVE CHRIST DIED FOR YOU
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
In spite of our sin, God loved us so much that he sent His only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. What a relief to know that we don’t have to bear our sin debt alone. Jesus Christ can do for us what we are unable to do for ourselves — He can forgive our sin and grant us an eternal home in Heaven.
4. TRUST CHRIST ALONE AS YOUR SAVIOR
But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
Everlasting life was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross and He offers salvation as a free gift to all those who call upon him by faith.
5. NOW PRAY AND ASK JESUS TO BE YOUR SAVIOR
Confess that you are a sinner, and ask God to forgive you of your sins. Believe that Jesus died and rose from the grave on the third day, and receive God’s free gift of salvation.