How to become a Follower of Christ
To become a Follower of Christ, a person must first realize that he or she is "lost" - totally estranged from God, separated from God by a sinful nature. Get a Bible, the history of God's relationship with humankind, and read Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (NIV)
A person alone cannot reconcile the lost relationship between himself or herself and God. To provide a remedy, God sent his only Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life God demands. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (NIV)
Although humanity through sin has separated itself from God, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross bridges the gap. Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (NIV)
All God asks is that a man or woman repent of their sins, turn from them and accept the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for those sins. Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (NIV)
God promises in the Bible that anyone who accepts Christ as Savior shall be saved. Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (NIV)
All of this may be easily summed up in saying that to "Become a Follower of Christ" we must in prayer to God:
- ADMIT that we are a sinner and ask His (God's) forgiveness.
- BELIEVE that He (GOD) can and does forgive us when we turn to Him.
- COMMIT our lives to Him (GOD); which is to say, live our lives as He says we should (follow Him).