The greatest gift from the Greatest Giver of all time -- the "gift of salvation” from JESUS CHRIST, our CREATOR, SAVIOUR, and LORD!
But what is salvation? First, let’s figure out what salvation is not. Salvation is not "getting religion.”
Did you know that GOD hates religion?
There’s no way to “earn this gift" of a personal relationship with GOD because it’s free. In fact, the Holy Bible declares that it's “God saving you by His grace through faith when you believe." You can’t take credit for this ... it is a gift from God. Forgiveness of our sins and salvation is not a reward for the good things we've done, so "none of us can boast about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But what if think you’re already a “good person”?
Maybe you already think you believe in GOD. You haven’t killed anyone, and all that? Why should you care about salvation? First of all, there’s no such thing as a “good person.” GOD says in Romans 3:23, "that everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” We are all separated from GOD by sin – until acknowledge our sin and ask JESUS our Savior to forgive us. It isn’t enough to just believe there is a GOD. JESUS said that unless you are “born again” you cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Being “born again” means more than just believing that Jesus Christ exists – it means totally relying on what HE did on the Cross for you. JESUS paid the price for the eternal crimes of all your sins.
So you think that you’ve done some “horrible” things?
You’re a “bad person”? You might be thinking that there’s no way GOD could forgive you. The truth is, God says in John 6:37, that "anyone who comes to Him will not be cast out!" Remember, if you could save yourself by any other means like being “good” or becoming a church member, or even by being water-baptized, there would have been no point in Jesus dying on the cross. He died because there is no way you can save yourself.
“So what now?”
Repent or change your direction and receive God’s free gift of salvation. Do you really desire to change? Then, you simply need to ask Him for it. Pray this prayer - based on Romans 10:9-10 in the Bible (just talk to GOD from your heart):
“JESUS, I confess that I need You. My own works are not good enough. I have sinned, and I need to receive this free gift. I confess you as Lord, and believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead. LORD JESUS, fill me with your Holy Spirit; guide me to a Bible-believing church (check out Hosanna Church). Help me to read and obey your Word every day. Thank you for dying for me.”
The GIFT can be yours!