What does it mean to Accept Jesus?
It means that you have made a decision to place your faith and trust in the son of God, Jesus Christ. It means that you have made a decision to spend eternity in heaven with God, your Father, and the only way to heaven is through God’s son Jesus Christ.
What is the first step in Accepting Jesus?
1. Admit that you are a sinner. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God wants you to know that you can go to Heaven, but you must do it God’s way. There is no other way. If you could get to heaven on your own, then God would not have had to have His son Jesus die on the cross.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)
2. Repent of your sins. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. You might be thinking, “ I have not sinned?” But I want you to know that God says “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 We all have a sin problem and in our own strength we can not fix it. We can not make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can save us from your sins. And He is willing to do this because He loves you, not for what you can do for Him or what you can offer Him but because you are His child. Don’t feel like you have to “get your life together” before coming to Jesus, Jesus wants to help you right where you are.
“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
3. Ask Jesus Christ to save you.
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory. “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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin
I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins
I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus
I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:
Here’s a Suggested Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”