As I was trying to find a topic to write about for this month’s issue, I was looking back at all the topics I had written about before and realized I hadn’t written an article about how to know for sure if you’re saved. I thought I would share my testimony with you to tell you how I came to know Christ.
As I was growing up, my grandma would take me to church, but it was never a regular thing. When I was in the fourth grade, a pastor and a bus worker came by my house and invited me to church. I was really hesitant at first, because I am really shy and didn’t like going new places, but then I found out my cousins were going, so I decided to give it a try. I started going to church faithfully, and the next summer I got to attend Circle C Baptist Ranch for the first time. That summer I got saved.
I attended camp each summer since then, including the Summer of 2012. Bro. Jerry Ross preached the whole week on the subject of hell. I didn’t really think anything about it until I got home. About two weeks later, I was lying in bed and listening to a song called “What Love”. The song was about how much love Christ has for us, and how He sent His son to die for our sins. The Lord spoke to me and really convicted me. That night I realized I wasn’t saved and that I needed to be, so I accepted the Lord as my savior.
I finally felt the real joy you receive when you get saved. I pray that if you aren’t saved that you would come to know Christ as your Lord and Savior. The plan of Salvation is very simple to understand.
1) Everyone is a Sinner
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (KJV)
The entire reason we have to be saved is because of our sinful nature. We are born a sinner, and we have the instinct to sin. We have to be cleansed to get rid of our sins. Sin is anything that goes against God’s laws. In the verse above, it says all are sinners– that includes every single person on the earth.
2) Everyone owes a Debt
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (KJV)
When you break a rule or the law, you have to pay the consequences for that crime. Since we are born sinners, our debt is for our sins, and the end result is hell–but God changed that debt when He sent His Son to pay for our sins. If we don’t accept Christ free gift of salvation, we will have to pay for our sins by dying in hell forever.
3) Everyone’s sin-debt has been paid.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (KJV)
One might ask how they can get to heaven, and the only way is by the blood of Christ. You can’t get to heaven by going to church every Sunday or by doing some good deed. You have to be washed by the blood.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (KJV)
Heaven is a free gift from God to every believer.
4) Anyone can be saved.
Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (KJV)
The gift Christ is willing to give us is not for a specific group of people. It’s for everyone. All you have to do is:
a.) Realize you’re a sinner
b.) Believe Christ died for you on the cross
c.) Confess your sins
d.) Ask Christ to come into your Heart and save you
I hope that everyone would come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior and to serve Him with their life. If you have any questions or don’t understand, please don’t hesitate to email or message me.
Adrianna Maria – Column: Faith
Adrianna Pena is an 18-year-old senior in high school. She’s a girl who has a passion for writing and a love for her Savior. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, and playing piano. She’s also a major coffee addict!