How to become a Christian
To become a Christian means to become a friend of Jesus. It means becoming a son of God. There is no greater privilege that any human being can have. The Almighty God who created the great universe is willing to become our best Friend; to take your life in charge and to make sure that everything that you do from now on, is good and perfect. He will take you and make you into a new person, one who is upright, honest, clean, dependable, and full of the joy of life.
How can you become a Christian? It may be that your life is full of evil. It may be that you are a thief, a drunkard, a fornicator, a deep and desperate sinner - perhaps even a murderer! Or perhaps you are not what people would consider to be a great sinner. Perhaps all you do is tell a little lie sometimes, or talk a little foolishness, or perhaps get angry and lose your temper sometimes. But the truth still remains that you are separated from God. You are still the tool of Satan. If you do not allow God to control your life, then your master is Satan, and you are a slave. You need to be set free from the bondage of sin. Only Jesus can do that. You have only one hope, and that is to give your life completely to God. That is, to become a Christian.
THE FIRST STEP
The first thing which you need to do is to recognize your true condition. You must learn that you are a SINNER! That your life, as it is now is displeasing to God. Even if you live a life which seems to be good in the sight of people, yet the truth is that you are only deceiving yourself, and others. Deep in your heart, the well of pollution remains and it will keep on springing up, because there is no real good in any person, apart from God. You must realize that you are in danger of the judgment. The Almighty God, who is your Friend and who is pleading with you today to come to Him that you might have life, must be your judge one day soon. You, and every other human being must stand before the great white throne to hear His awful judgment on sin and sinners.
THE SECOND STEP
The next thing you must do is REPENT. To repent means to be genuinely sorry for your sins and to turn away from them. Now, you might ask, ‘‘How can I feel sorry for my sins? Can I make myself feel sorry?’’ Well, you must find somewhere where you can think, and talk to God. Somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed. Perhaps you may find some quiet spot in the bushes, or perhaps you might have to lock yourself in the bathroom. But it is important that you make the time to think and to pray. Do not run away from it. Face it.
THE THIRD STEP
The third thing you must do is CONSECRATE yourself to God. Get down on your knees. Humble yourself before God, the One who created you, the One who keeps your heart beating day by day. Get down on your knees and ask Him to forgive your sins and to take FULL and COMPLETE control of your life. Ask Him to take over your heart, soul, mind and body, and make up your mind that from now on and forever, the only purpose which you will have in this world, is to serve the living God. CHOOSE! CHOOSE THIS DAY, AND CHOOSE FOREVER! For, my dear friend, why do you want to die? Why should you live in sin and separation from God anymore? If you will pray with a true and sincere heart, then you can be sure that God will never disappoint you. All your life He has been waiting for this moment, drawing you to Himself and pleading with you. You will find that He will fill your life with peace and power. You will find the strength to do all the things which you could not do before. You will find the power to give up all your bad habits, because He who created you in the beginning will recreate you, a new creature. You will find that you have the power to resist your old friends when they invite you to join them in the old wrong deeds. POWER will be in your life. Yes! The power of the Almighty God. You do not need to worry about turning back to the old ways, for the One who calls you is able to save you to the uttermost. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will finish the work in you and make you into a new person. Pure, loving, upright and true. A true son of the Ruler of the Universe.
My dear friend, choose now. At this moment while the conviction is strong upon you, make up your mind. The devil is present to snatch the conviction away from you as soon as he is able. Make up your mind now! Do not allow these feelings to pass away from you as you go back to the old dirty ways of sin. Act now! NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!
(Source: Restoration Ministry)