How to be Saved

A Broken and Contrite Heart
A Broken and Contrite Heart

Drawing by Ronald B. Barba, © 2010

 

 

God created us to have a personal, loving, fulfilling relationship with Himself, our creator. Shattered by sin, we choose to live a life apart from God. Yet, there remains a yearning deep within each heart, searching for love, hope, joy and purpose. Have you ever found yourself searching for meaning in life?  Do you want to know true joy? Have you spent a lifetime searching for something, anything to give your life hope?  That is the plight we face.  Born with hearts filled with sin, self-exaltation, and darkness; how can we be saved from ourselves?  But there is good news for you and for me.  God provides Salvation by Grace all who look to Him, seeking to be saved.

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength Isaiah 45

Look at Him.  In Him alone we find our righteousness and strength.  Never within ourselves.

THE DILEMMA

God created us so that He might lavish upon us His Love, His Joy and His Glory; yet, sin has left us broken and in despair.  There is no possible way that you or I can repair this relationship with God.  He knew that we could not fully enjoy His Grace, His Love and His Joy were there no choice.  Just as Adam could not recognize the wonderful fellowship he had with God until he lost it; neither, can we. That is, unless we, having seen our own evil hearts, see His magnificent beauty and Glory, turn and look to Him to be our righteousness.

Just like the blind cannot seek light, unless their eyes are healed to know the difference between light and dark.  We cannot seek His Righteousness were we not aware of what life is without it.  There in lay the dilemma.  If all we knew was light, then we could never love it; because we had nothing to compare it with.  Adding to the dilemma:  once we knew darkness and evil, our hearts no longer remained pure. Unfortunately, our self exalting, pride filled heart runs after the darkness; so, that we can think more highly of ourselves.  We turn toward darkness; because light reveals our own failures and unworthiness. Adam chose to love Eve more than God; despite, God’s warning.  Obedience represented love; disobedience revealed a heart bent on obtaining it’s own desires, no matter the cost.  Frankly, Adam and Eve, like we said, “God, you aren’t enough!”

God’s Answer of Grace

Perfect Righteousness, which is God; cannot  justly accept that which is evil as a part of His family.  Hence broken, desperate creatures we remain; unless, something extraordinary happens to cover our sins with righteousness.  And that is where God stepped in with unimaginable Grace.  He sacrificed His only son, heart of His own heart on a cross bearing the weight of all our sin so He might remain just while covering us with the righteousness of Christ.  Jesus took our penalty for sin so as to provide the only means of our salvation from this broken state that we are in.   He offers salvation to all who would come and accept His gift freely.  We must realize that we are incapable of earning this salvation on our own.

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

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity Jeremiah 29:

 When we recognize the utter darkness of our own soul, we can begin to desire the light of the world which is Jesus Christ.  So, do you want to know Him as your Savior? Have you seen a glimpse of His Glory, realizing His Absolute worthiness of all our praise?

If so, I bid you pray this simple prayer to be saved

Lord, Jesus I come to you with empty hands.

I believe that you are God, eternal, creator of the Universe who

willingly suffered and died that I might be redeemed and spend eternity with you, 

forever to gaze upon your magnificent Glory.

I long to know you, to seek you and to lay aside all else to follow you.

And though unworthy as I am, I offer you my heart and ask that you come in and fill it with all of you -Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

So, that I might reflect Your Glory like a mirror and spread your light into a world of darkness.

I believe that You will do this as you have promised in Your word.

In the precious of Jesus, Amen

If you have prayed this prayer, please write me or seek a church that will help you along this journey.  God has promised to guide you every step of the way and to transform into the likeness of Jesus Christ, one glory at a time.  What a magnificent Savior He is.      Effie Darlene Barba

SAVED BY GRACE ALONE

Saved by grace alone, God’s grace reaching forth to us; we have nothing to be proud of.  Humbly, laying aside all of self; seeing Him as our greatest treasure. As a new follower of Christ, I urge you to study His word and Grow in His Grace.  Saved into newness of life, He will guide you each step of the way.  He will complete the work He began in you today.