Salvation, or the decision to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior is, without question, the most important decision anyone can make. For as one decides to accept or reject Jesus, they are literally deciding their eternal destiny. If you haven't yet received the free gift of salvation paid for on the cross by Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity, then don't wait another second, do it now. After all, why would you commit yourself to hell, when you could live a life of blessing through Him both on this earth and eternally in heaven? But Jesus will never make you choose Him. He never forced anyone. You see, He wants you to come to Him voluntarily, of your own free will.
Perhaps you are wondering how mankind found himself in the position of needing salvation. The answer is, there was a debt created by man for his separation from and disobedience to God, the debt was the penalty of death. It was owed since the covenant between Adam, Eve, and God was broken by man. Man had a perfect and deathless existence provided for him by God. However, man chose sin instead, and incurred it's penalty, death. We see this in the 3rd chapter of Genesis. But God Himself came and clothed Himself as man and paid the price of death once and for all, that you can enter His family, that's God's family, and His grace eternally. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Contrary to some theologians, it's not of primary importance that you immediately understand all the finer theological points of how mankind lost his dominion, incurred the debt of death, and became justified to God - the explanation above will suffice for the moment. If you are considering making Jesus Lord of your life, what you do need to know is that He wants you to take Him at His word, to know that He is who He says He is, and He did what He said He did. (By the way you have His word on it in writing, it's the Word of God, the Bible).
God (that's the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) wants you to accept that He, Jesus, is the risen and living Savior, that He died on the Cross for your sins, was dead buried and resurrected, and that the debt you owed for your sins is paid in full. But you have to accept Him. You have to come to Him voluntarily. You have to say "Jesus, be the Lord of my life. I accept your gift of salvation."
It's up to you how you spend your life both now and eternally. Will you spend it in His service with Him running your life, guiding, directing, and blessing you now and eternally in heaven? Or will you continue to spend your life here under the domination and control of the ruler of this world, the devil, and later, eternally in hell? That's the choice. God says, choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
And now, by accepting Him as your personal Lord and Savior, you enter the family of God with full rights and privileges. That's right, you will have rights and privileges as a family member. And, like an earthly family, you will also have an inheritance, but from Christ‚ literally. You'll also spend the rest of your life understanding the magnitude of all that inheritance consists of. Isn't that a wonderful thought!
Are you ready to make Jesus Lord of your life? Then say this prayer with me:
"Lord Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for my sins. I believe that you were dead, buried, and resurrected and live today. I receive You Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. Guide me Jesus and direct my life. I receive your gift of salvation that you paid for on the cross. All that I have and all that I am I give to You. Come live Your Life through me."
If you prayed this prayer and meant it, welcome to the family of God. But this is just the beginning of your relationship with God. Be sure to pray and read His Word daily. And in your prayer time, spend some time listening for and to God. It's fine to tell Him what you need and what's on your mind...you're supposed to, but be sure also to ask and listen to what's on His mind. Remember, He is Lord. That means the responsibility for directing your life is now His.
In Jesus' Name