becoming a follower of Jesus

I’ll make this as simple as I can.

Some people think becoming a Christian is about going to church. Some people think it has to do with your parents and the beliefs they held. Some people think it’s all about being a good person. Some people think a lot of things, but it really just boils down to one thing: what do you believe about Jesus?

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” If you are thinking to yourself that you don’t have any sins in your life, you’re fooling yourself. (Actually, you’re buying into a lie the devil is feeding you.)

Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Simply put, the choices we’ve made have separated us from God. Which leads us to the question, “How do we reunite with God?”

Jesus Himself said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” This means going to church has nothing to do with it. It means the beliefs of your parents has nothing to do with it. It means being a good (or bad) person has nothing to do with it. It means all those other things people think have nothing to do with it. Jesus is clear: the only way to reunite with God is through Jesus.

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.” That means in order to become a Christian, a follower of Jesus, reunited with God, eternity in heaven rather than eternity in hell, you must:

  1. Recognize that you are in fact separated from God because of the choices you’ve made. Take ownership.
  2. Believe that Jesus has made the only way possible for you to be reunited with God through His life, death and resurrection.
  3. Ask God for forgiveness, trusting by faith, that this simple act of humble vulnerability has the supernatural power to restore your soul to a right relationship with God.

If you do this on your own, just between you and God, without any other person around (like I did…well, there was a horse there too, but that’s a whole different story!), go tell someone you respect that already has a relationship with God. They will help you understand what you need to know to in order to walk with God as a follower of Jesus.