How do I become a Christian?
25 December 2002.
For Christmas, I really wanted a PlayStation game.
I went downstairs and there it was under the tree – the shape of an electric guitar. My parents nodded me forward.
I ripped the paper and hugged them. I wanted a game. I got something better.
I’ve been playing the guitar ever since.
Question: how did I become a guitarist?
I ripped the gift open. I thanked my parents. Becoming a Christian is similar.
Christians are people who have accepted a gift – the gift of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Since we rebelled against God, we’ve thought we could buy our way back into his good books.
Maybe God will accept me if I’m religious, or a good person?
But the Bible says we’re sinners. And sin can’t be bought out by a bit of do-gooding (Romans 3:20).
What we couldn’t do, God did by sending his son to die for all who’d call on him for forgiveness of sins (Romans 8:3).
Jesus took the punishment for every sin – past, present and future – so that we could go free.
Like the guitar, this gift is much better than what we often want from life.
God’s kingdom is open. He’s beckoning us into his arms (Matthew 11:28). He's nodding us forward to open the gift and reject our rejection of him (2 Peter 3:9).
Salvation is free. So why not become a Christian now? Why not open the gift that’s eternity shaped?
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
While my gratitude for the guitar eventually faded, our praise for God’s free gift of salvation will sound forever and ever (Revelation 5:11-13).