The death of Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for sin is a free gift. He offers that relationship freely and lovingly. "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God..."1 Just like any free gift, you must receive it for it to be really yours.
How do you receive the free gift of Jesus Christ? "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved..."2 We can receive Jesus Christ by personally inviting Him into our lives. Jesus said "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in..."3
If you would like to accept Jesus' free gift and become a child of God, you can pray this prayer now.
"Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I ask forgiveness for my sins and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life. I want to turn and live a new life with you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus. Amen."
If you prayed this prayer to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, congratulations! When you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior, He comes into your life spiritually, and you become a child of God. "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."4 You may or may not feel any difference right away, but if you truly have asked Christ to be your Savior, your sins are forgiven and you are a child of God.