There are some reading these lines who have never repented. Just now, as you sit in the presence of God, you feel guilty and ashamed of your sin. But be encouraged. God loves you just as you are. If you will repent -if you will change the attitude of your mind, heart and will to God -He will come into your life and save you from your sin.
KNOWING JESUS PERSONALLY
The second word of this Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ is “Believe” (Mark 1:15). Now you must repent, and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, because “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” will make you a child of God (Acts 20:21). This is not believing about Jesus Christ in your mind. You may know about Jesus. But do you know Him personally? I know about many famous people in this world. But I do not know them personally. Do you know Jesus personally?
Turn to God now, with your whole mind, heart and will, and be truly sorry for your sins. Accept Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior. He will wash your sins away by the power of His blood, which flowed from His body when He died on the cross. No matter who you are, Jesus loves you. He is knocking at the door of your heart. Repent, open your life to Him, and let Him in today!
NO “BORN” CHRISTIANS
I have traveled extensively in many countries of the world. Whenever I meet someone who calls himself a Christian, I often ask: “When did you become a Christian?” I always get one of two answers: Either a joyful testimony of salvation or a look of surprise, as if to say: “What on earth are you talking about?”
More often than not, I am told: “What do you mean, when did I become a Christian? I was born a Christian! My mother was a Christian. My father was a Christian. My uncle was a pastor! I’ve always been a Christian.”
Being born in a Christian home does not make you a Christian any more than being born in a motor garage makes you a motorcar! I was born in a hospital, but that does not make me a doctor!
The Bible does not say one word about “born” Christians. On the contrary, Jesus said: “You must be born again” (John 3:7).
How many are christened, confirmed, or join a church – and then, feeling that on Judgment Day their good deeds will be weighed against their bad ones, somehow hope that the good deeds will outweigh the bad ones. But Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again [or from above], he cannot see the Kingdom of God,” let alone enter into it! (John 3:3).
HOW TO REPENT
“How can I take the first step?
How can I repent?”
- Repentance Is A Gift From God
“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus Whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance . . . and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:30,31).