How Can I Become A Christian?

The Search

“You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you.”    –   Augustine

 “Man searches in vain, but finds nothing to help him, other than to see an infinite emptiness that can only be filled by One who is infinite and unchanging.  In other words, it can only be filled by God Himself.”  –   Blaise Pascal

God’s Position

Many people seek to fill that God shaped emptiness with pleasure, prosperity, or power, anything but God, and yet the emptiness remains.

Why?  Because finite things can never fill an infinite emptiness. The search for fulfillment in life must begin with God.  Did you know that there is a God who searches for us?

God’s Position:  The God who searches is a God of love. His desire is to have a loving relationship with us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not  perish, but have eternal life.”      John 3:16

 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”            Matthew 5:48

 Imagine you are given a glass of cold   refreshing water.  Just before you put the glass to your lips you are told that a small drop of cyanide has been added to the water.  However, since it is such a small amount of cyanide, you needn’t worry.  What harm can such a small amount of poison do to a full glass of cool, clear  water?  But you know that no matter how small the dose of poison, it contaminates the whole glass of water.  In the same way, God cannot allow even a small amount of sin into heaven lest it contaminate the entire place.

Our Condition

People who are searching must realize three things: 

  1. They fall short of God’s standard of perfection.

  1. They face God’s penalty of eternal separation.

“For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation), but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  –   Romans 6:23 

  1. They fail to enjoy God’s love.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, so that He does not hear.”  –   Isaiah 59:2 

Picture yourself with all of humanity lined up at the rim of a canyon.  The only way to get across the one-mile chasm is to jump.  The distance you can jump is directly proportional to how many good deeds you have performed.

A mass murderer jumps only one foot and plummets downward.  If you are an exceptionally good person, you may be able to jump 25 feet.  But this is still short of the goal.

One by one they try, but fall short of the other side.  In the same way, even though some people perform more good deeds than others, all of us fall short of perfection.

God’s Provision

God, in the person of Jesus Christ, took the initiative in searching for us. 

  1. God substituted Christ’s perfection for our imperfection through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. 

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”       1 Peter 3:18 

  1. God satisfied both His love and perfection, thereby making a relationship with Him possible.

This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfactory payment) for our sins.”    1 John 4:10 

During the Great Depression, police brought an elderly man before a New York City night court magistrate.  The man was starving and had stolen a loaf of bread.

That night Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia was presiding over the court, as he sometimes did to stay close to citizens.  He fined the old man $10.00.  “The law is the law, and cannot be broken,” the major said.  At the same time, he took a $10.00 bill out of his wallet and paid the fine for the man.

Then LaGuardia cited each person in the courtroom for living in a city that did not help its poor and elderly, unduly tempting them to steal.  The major fined everyone in the audience 50 cents and gave almost $50.00 to the amazed defendant.  Both justice and love were served when LaGuardia paid the penalty and more for the old man.

Let’s Review

God’s Position:

What is God like?  God is both loving and perfect.

Our Condition:

What are we like?  We are sinful and  separated from God.

God’s Provision:

What did God do about the problem?

He gave His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross as a satisfactory payment for our sins.

Our Decision:

What should you do?  Admit you are  separated form God and receive Jesus Christ as Savior.  The choice is yours.

Would you like to receive Christ now?  You can use this prayer to express your decision to God.

Dear God, 

I admit that I am a sinner and I understand that my sin separates me from you.  I believe that Jesus, being God, paid the penalty for all my sins when He died on the cross and rose from the dead.  I want to place my trust in Jesus as my Savior and turn away from sin.  Thank you for loving and forgiving me and giving to me the gift of eternal life.  

In Jesus’ name, amen.