How do I get to Heaven?
At some point when you plan a trip, it is a good idea to look at a map. The map gives clear direction on how to go from one point to another, and as long as you follow the map, you will end up where you are trying to go. The question "How do I get to heaven" can become confusing. The world tells you that there are many ways to get there. Baptism. Giving money. Just being a good person. But God was so good that He gave us a "map" called the Bible, and according to It, there is only one way to get to heaven. Here is what the Bible has to say:
Realize You're a Sinner
No one is perfect. We all are born with a sin nature.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" -Romans 3:10
Recognize there is a Payment for Sin
Sin has to have a payment. Unfortunately, that payment is death and eternity in a place called hell. Many people will tell you the hell isn't a real place and that God would send anyone there. However, Jesus actually taught more about hell while He was on earth than He taught about heaven. Hell is a real place and spending eternity there is the payment we must pay.
"For the wages of sin is death;" -Romans 6:23a
Understand that Christ Payed Your Payment
God loved you so much, that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to suffer and die on the cross. Jesus's death on the cross paid the payment for your sin.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -John 3:16
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8
"But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23b
Pray and Ask God to Forgive and Save You
Just like any other gift that you are given, you have to receive it before it is yours. To receive the gift of eternal life that God offers, you must simply must pray and confess that you are a sinner, and ask God to forgive you for your sins.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." -Romans 10:9-10
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." -Romans 10:13
Know It's Forever
The wonderful truth is that when you receive the gift of eternal life, you have it forever! You can never lose, and no one can ever take it away.
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." -John 10:28-29
I Got Saved! Now What?
If you prayed and asked Jesus to save you, that is the most important decision you could ever make! That decision will change your life forever. Now, I want to help you take your next step as a Christian. Send me an email with the subject "Saved" and I will share with you what the next step in your Christian life should be!