Growing up, I spent much of my childhood working to make others happy. I worked hard to meet my parents’ expectations so they would be proud of me, made good grades so my teachers would praise me, and tried to be agreeable so other kids would like me. I even worked hard to please God so He would let me into heaven. I succeeded in pleasing others, but inside I felt I never measured up. How could I get into heaven, when I knew in my heart I was a sinner who couldn’t follow God’s laws perfectly?
God’s answer provided hope. He knew I could never be good enough on my own. Because of His great love for me, He had prepared a way, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) I finally understood that faith in Christ, not my own works, would allow me to be reconciled with God here and now, and live in heaven with Him. This realization has filled me with incredible hope and joy.
Romans 10:9 says “If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you do this, God promises to come into your heart and make you new, and to give your life meaning and purpose as you learn to live for Him instead of for yourself. That’s what I did when I gave my life to Jesus. Then you can continue to deepen your new relationship with God by spending time with Him through prayer, worship, and Bible study, by obeying His teachings, and by meeting with other Christians.
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