I've been asked many questions the past few weeks from many different people regarding getting saved. Most people think that they can't ask questions. That's not true. If you don't know, please ask! If you are unsure if you are really saved, talk to someone. Not many people elaborate on being saved without being asked a direct question, so I'll just put this post out there.
You can always call or message me or I can come to you. If I don't know the answers to your questions, I'll find out the answer or point you in the right direction. I won't judge you or condemn you. Trust me, I have been there and I am still struggling to overcome many things in my life as well. I love Jesus and through Him, I also love you.
To answer at least a few of the most common questions I've heard or questions I have personally asked my Pastor or church family... No, you do not have to be perfect or change before you get saved. Come as you are. Romans 5:8 says "But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God knows we are sinners. It's not a secret. He created us and gave us free will. It's our nature to sin. Even though God KNEW we would be lowly sinners, He loved us SOOOOO much that He sent His only son to pay for our sins through the blood of Jesus. Think about how much we love our own children. Now imagine how much God loves us if He would send His only son to pay for the sins of the whole world! Wow! Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". There isn't one person sitting in a church anywhere that is not a sinner. You should not feel ashamed to come into church, no matter what is in your past. The Lord says in Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” It's that easy. Come to Him. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to live in your heart and be the Lord of your life. Once you do that you are free from your sins. Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."
After you are saved, you are not expected to be free of sin the second you open your eyes. That is something that many people fear that they can't live up to. What you don't know is that when you open your heart to God and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, He draws near to you. If you keep Him close, changes will begin to take place. You don't get saved because you are changed, you change because you are saved. Before you are saved, you may fear change, but after you are saved, you will want to change. 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
There is so much burdening my heart today. I want to make sure that everyone I come in contact with sees Jesus in me. If I can lead one person to Christ then I have accomplished something in my life. More than anything I want to see all of my family and friends in Heaven and live with them for eternity! Don't wait on ANYTHING if you feel that pulling in your heart to pray that prayer of salvation. We aren't promised tomorrow. There are no exceptions even if you "meant to get saved" or "was waiting on someone else to be saved first". I just can't put it all into words how my heart feels today, but I'll start here and hope that this post finds the person/people for which God has intended.