Do you want the joy of a personal relationship with God? Do you want to be confident that one day He will welcome you into heaven? If so, here are four simple but essential truths you need to know and ten reasons why to follow Jesus Christ:
(1) Our Dilemma
We are by nature sinners who stand guilty and condemned before God, our Creator and Judge. In our thoughts and actions, we have disobeyed His perfect standard.
Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
(2) Our Inability
We are helpless to save ourselves. Forgiveness is a gift to be received, not a reward that can be earned.
Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
(3) Our Savior
Because of His love for us, God provided salvation through His Son, Jesus. He became a member of the human family, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
(4) Our Response
Salvation is an individual matter and requires a personal response on the part of anyone who wants to be saved. All who acknowledge their sin and place their trust in Christ are adopted as God’s children.
Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”
Ten Reasons to Follow Jesus Christ
(1) He is credible
Jesus’ followers saw His blameless life, listened to His incomparable teaching, and concluded, “We have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:69).
(2) He is the focus of a historically reliable Book
The Bible’s historical record is supported by archaeology. Its preservation from textual corruption has been confirmed by the Dead Sea Scrolls.
(3) He tell us about our Creator
Christ reveals a God who cares as much about His creation as the design and detail of the natural world indicates (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:16-25).
(4) He has ties to the past
Those who trust Christ are accepting the same Lord worshipped by Adam, Abraham, Sarah, and Solomon. He is the Messiah who was anticipated by the Old Testament prophets (Acts 2:22-39).
(5) He rose from the grave
The first Christians risked their lives to tell the world that they had seen Jesus die and then miraculously walk among them 3 days later (Acts 5:17-42).
(6) He has power to change lives
Paul, one of the worst enemies of the first disciples, was transformed from a killer of Christians into one of their chief advocates and spokesmen (Galatians 1:11-24).
(7) He understands our hearts
Many want to believe that our problems are rooted in ignorance, poverty, and bad government. But Jesus pointed to sin in the heart (Matthew 15:19-20).
(8) He knows where history is heading
In spite of mankind’s high hopes and efforts, the world is approaching a terrible end time predicted by the Bible (Matthew 24:5-31; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
(9) He has changed the world
Calendars bear silent witness to Jesus’ birth. Basic Christian values have been foundational to social morality, the work ethic, and social relief efforts.
(10) He has the answer to our deepest need
We can find forgiveness and be adopted into the family of God by trusting Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-13). Christ asks us to follow Him – not to merit salvation but as an expression of gratitude, love, and confidence in the One who has saved us (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Lucky Lawrence thought he had it all. Like so many who seek fulfillment in fame, money, and success, he struggled to find real joy despite having all those things. His real name was Larry Wright, and he was the number one rock-and-roll radio personality in Phoenix in the 1960s. However, his family life was a mess, and he was fast becoming an alcoholic.
As Mike Yorkey tells it in his book “Touched by the Savior”, the solution came to Lucky Lawrence when his wife Sue trusted Jesus as her Savior. Larry noticed the peace and joy in her life and the obvious change in her attitude toward him. Soon he too asked Jesus to forgive him and be his Savior. Gone was the frustrating search for peace. In its place was the joy and peace of God. Larry and Sue have now served the Lord for more than 30 years.
In the book of Romans we see the contrast between the two kinds of existence possible in this life. In Romans 1:18-32, we read about the sad, frightening life of those who refuse to live for God. It’s a life full of trouble and turmoil. But in Romans 5:1-11, we see what happens when a person trust Christ. “We have peace,” it says. “We rejoice,” we’re told. And we have hope, love, and salvation. My, what a contrast! So the question is, “Which of these two worlds are you living in?”
Salvation is a gift to be enjoyed, today and forever.