Receive The Free Gift
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; then we can know God personally and experience His love. The Bible says; “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12), “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith. This does not depend on anything you have achieved, it is the free gift of God; and because it is not earned no one can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (a spirit of repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
Jesus Christ is waiting for an invitation to come in to your life. In fact, he says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20).
Perhaps you can sense Christ knocking at the door of your heart. You can invite Him in by faith right now. God knows your heart so it doesn’t matter exactly what words you use. Here’s a suggested prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, pray it right now and Jesus Christ will come into your life just as he has promised. Once you invite Christ into your life, he promises to never leave you; “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
If you have prayed this prayer then we would like to be the first to say welcome to the family of God! If you would like to talk about this with us, or if you have some questions, please call our office on 07 3353 1427 and you can chat to one of our pastors. We’d love to hear from you!