Many years ago, I had a young lady ask me how one became a Christian,
namely how one got "saved." I explained to her that salvation was
about asking Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord and Savior. She
asked where that concept was in the Bible. At the time, I myself had
to look it up. But when I found the right scripture, I realized I had
a jewel -- one I have taught to people for years in ministry.
The precious scripture speaking of Jesus being the source of
salvation is Romans 10:9: "If confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord'
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will
be saved." This is known as the sinner's prayer. Countless times I
have led individuals through this prayer and seen their lives
transformed by God's power before my very eyes.
Jesus tells us in John 14:6 that "I am the way and the truth and
the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 3:3
says "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless
he is born again." Do you and your family know how to lead someone to
the Lord? More important, have you said this prayer yourself?
Accepting Jesus Christ into your heart promises your salvation;
you accept as true that you are going to heaven when you leave this
Earth. I have often asked individuals when speaking, "If you left
this place today and were killed, do you know where you would go?" As
Christians we believe that if you have accepted Jesus Christ into
your heart as your Lord and Savior, your salvation is secure, and you
will be with him for eternity in Paradise.
Jesus wants all of us to be with him for eternity. He loves you so
very much. If you have not opened your Bible in a while, seek one
out. Find the above scriptures and really consider where you are in
your walk with God. It only takes one prayer to have Jesus in your
heart: Dear Jesus, I believe you are God. I believe you were
crucified and rose again for my sins. I ask you this day to come into
my heart as Lord and Savior. I ask for forgiveness for my sins.
Please change the way that I live. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer, make sure your family knows how to
lead someone to the Lord. As Christians, it is the most priceless
gift we can grant another human being.
* The Rev. KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN'S column runs alternating Fridays.
Contact her by e-mail at holyhouse9 @aol.com; or by mail at Holy
House Ministries c/o the Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian, 9641 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042.