To become a Christian you must ask God to come into your life and your heart. Becoming a Christian is not something that happens to you without you asking for it. God will not force you to become a Christian, or make you a Christian. You might be born into a Christian family but that does not make you a Christian. What makes you a Christian is that if you ask God to come into your heart and your life. This gives God the invitation to work in your life, to change you for the better, and give you eternal life, and to free you from your sins.

Ask and you will receive

To become a Christian all you have to do is to ask God to become one. God is waiting for you to invite Him into your life.

Jesus says: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus is talking about the door of your heart. He is saying that if you open your heart to Him, He will enter through the power of His Holy Spirit and He will live there. Then when you die, you will go directly to heaven.

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25).

Cry out to Jesus to get God into your life

If you want to have your sins forgiven, then you should ask Jesus to come into your life.

Jesus said: “That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24).

Jesus does not want anyone to go to hell. He wants everyone to go to heaven. And Jesus knows that it is our sins that keep us away from God.

The Bible teaches us: “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” (Isaiah 59:2).

So if we have our sins forgiven then God will listen to us and He will accept us into heaven after we die.

To have God in your life you need your sins to be forgiven

Our good works cannot earn our way into heaven. Money cannot buy our way into heaven. People cannot pray for us after we are dead so that we go to heaven. We go to heaven because we have believed in the one whom God has SENT to save us from our sins. This is Jesus.

Jesus entered this world and appeared to us as a baby named Jesus. Jesus grew up to be a man and died on the cross for our sins. Jesus is the Saviour. He is the one in whom we believe in to receive eternal life.

There was a man dying on a cross beside Jesus. And this man wanted to go to heaven and be with Jesus forever. But the man was a criminal. He was dying on the cross beside Jesus.

This is what the Bible tells us about the man and Jesus:

“Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:32-43).

You can have eternal life

You too can have eternal life. Eternal life is not something only for a certain group of people living in a certain place. Eternal life is for everyone who would like to have it. And only those who want to live a pure and holy life will be able to get eternal life because to receive eternal life you need to do what the man on the cross did. You have to ask Jesus to bring you to heaven with Him. And you are only going to want to talk to Jesus if you realize that you are a sinner and if you are ready to confess your sins to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you. Only when you are ready to ask God to forgive you of your sins are you ready to invite Jesus and God into your life.

There is nothing impossible with God

Whatever your fear about getting saved and having God into your life, you can be sure that God will answer your prayers and enter your life if you want Him to. If you want God to show you a miracle, ask and He will do it. If you want to grow in your faith, then ask God and He will do it. If you want to have your sins forgiven then ask God, and He will forgive you of your sins.

There is nothing impossible for God. He can enter your life and wash away the guilt of your sins and give you peace. You can have peace in your soul knowing that God has forgiven your sins and that you are going to heaven.

Jesus said:

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:7-12).

© Somali Christian Ministries, 2014
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