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“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
Salvation is the precise moment in a person’s life when God’s grace and their personal faith intersect. How much grace does God show? Infinite. He sent his perfect son to die, bearing each of our sins, that we might have new life. How much faith does it take? Just enough to cry out to God (about the size of a mustard seed).
The Lord, creator of the universe, is extending His grace to you, calling you to be adopted as His own son or daughter. How do you accept this gift? First, recognize just how much you need it. Salvation isn’t salvation unless you’re being saved from something, in this case an eternity apart from Jesus Christ. Second, you need to confess that need (that sin) to God. Finally, give your life to him, making him truly Lord.
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.’” –John 3:5-6
When each of us are born physically, we have something missing. Our spirits are dead, or rather, have not even been born yet. When a person becomes a follower of Christ, they are given a new identity and a new life. We are reborn as children of the King of Kings, therefore becoming heirs to the kingdom of God.
If you are ready to make this decision, wherever you are, you can talk to the Lord with your thoughts or spoken words—letting Him know you’re ready. All you have to do is found in Romans 10:9, “That 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 have done this, taken this step of faith, I welcome you as a new brother or sister in the faith! Be encouraged with these words found in 1 Corinthians 6:17-18, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”
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