THE JOURNEY

Mark 9 24 I believe

The Journey Toward Jesus

Unfortunately, no one can give you Jesus. You have to come to Him on your own. That’s my story, too.

I was raised in a Christian home, the daughter of a pastor. But when I left home I didn’t need that “church stuff” anymore. After all, hadn’t God made me to be strong and independent?

Ultimately, I had to take ownership of my own faith, releasing my sense of prideful-ness and surrendering to the One who does everything better than I could ever imagine doing on my own. Knowing Jesus is what gives me direction for everything else. He’s my compass, my guide and my companion. Life is good; even when things, events, and circumstances aren’t.

The theology behind Christianity can sometimes be daunting. But the first step to understanding is to just believe—and then allow God to reveal whatever truth in whatever timing He determines you are ready to understand. It’s what I did in my own spiritual journey.

I wanted to have all the answers. Who really was God? How exactly does the Trinity work? What does it mean that He “spoke” the world into existence? Why did Jesus have to die? How does forgiveness actually work?

Then one day I was reading about the man who spoke to Jesus, saying:

I believe; help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24 NIV)

Suddenly it hit me. I didn’t have to have each and every question answered before I decided to accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation and be forgiven. I could believe and then leave it to God to answer my questions when and to whatever degree He determines I am able to understand.

He surely is doing that!

We may not have all of the answers to our questions about God’s plan in this lifetime. But we don’t need to have all of the answers to be saved. We simply and only need to receive the gift of God’s forgiveness and His accompanying grace and mercy that Jesus provided through His death on the cross.

Then the journey of faith; the growth in depth of love for Jesus starts.

Salvation begins in our hearts by turning toward the One who loves us most. Christian lingo calls this first step, “saying the Salvation Prayer.” You can pray any way you like, but a salvation prayer generally consists of three parts:

  1. Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord and confess it with your mouth.

  2. Believe that Jesus died for your sins.

  3. Repent of (turn away from) your sins and give control of your life to Jesus.

Here’s a simple salvation prayer. You can pray this yourself or use it to lead someone who wants to accept Jesus. Then watch as God proves His plan and character to you!

This is the same prayer I prayed.

Dear Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I am sorry. I turn away from my sins and ask you to forgive me. I believe you died on the cross to save me, you rose from the grave and are alive right now. I receive you as my Savior and ask you to take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me eternal life. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. Amen.

If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Savior, why not do so now? Or maybe you know someone who needs Jesus. Jesus is right there waiting for all to come to Him. He died for all of mankind. Personally, He died for me and He died for you, too.