How to Have Eternal Life
The Bible says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves you, that your sins are forgiven, and that you are saved and on your way to heaven? The great news is, you can know!
Admit Your Sin
First, you must admit that you are a sinner. The Bible says, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).It is our sin that separates us from God and from fulfilling our deepest needs and longings. Sin is an offense against God that carries a serious penalty. According to Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death [eternal separation from the love and mercy of God]."
Abandon Your Efforts
Second, you must abandon any efforts to save yourself. If we could save ourselves, Jesus' death would have been unnecessary!
Even "getting religion" cannot get you to heaven. The Bible says it is "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His God's mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5). Salvation is by God's grace, "not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Acknowledge Christ's Payment
What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). He died on the cross for you and then rose from the dead to prove that His payment was acceptable to God. But you must acknowledge and believe this fact. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
Accept Christ as Your Lord and Savior
Salvation is God's gift to you. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). When someone offers you a priceless gift, the wisest thing you can do is accept it! This very moment, you can receive Christ's gift of salvation by sincerely praying this simple prayer from your heart:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that You love me and want to save me. Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, who died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe God raised You from the dead. I now turn from my sin and, by faith, receive You as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart, forgive my sins, and save me, Lord Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.
READ THE BIBLE
Starting with the Gospel of John, read a chapter each day. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word (of God), that you may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2).
Spend time each day talking with God. "Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6).
Regularly attend a church that honors Jesus Christ and teaches you the Bible. "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD" (Psalm 122:1). "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
Join with Christians who will help you grow in faith. "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:3).
Tell others what Jesus Christ means to you! "But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me . . ." (Acts 1:8).