October 11, 1943, USS Wahoo joined the ranks of 52
American submarines on Eternal Patrol, the final resting place
for boats lost at sea. It's a fictional place, invented
by grieving submariners to honor their fallen comrades and
afford the living some temporary comfort. Yet eternity is a
reality, one that everyone must face. Fortunately, we
can all take refuge in the Truth given by God and find peace
through His offer of eternal life.
think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians
can comprehend. Actually, God's plan of salvation is simple
enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABC's
A. All persons
need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible
calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God's authority
over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of perfect
obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. Since none of us is
perfect, all of us are sinners (Romans 3:10-18).
of sin is spiritual death (Ezekiel 18:4b). Spiritual death means
eternal separation from God. By God's perfect standard we are
guilty of sin and therefore subject to punishment for sin which
is separation from God. The Bible says, "But your iniquities
have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face
from you, so that He will not hear" (Isaiah 59:2).
God loves us, He offers us salvation. Although we have
done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to
save us. Jesus Christ is the only answer to our sin problem
that separates us from God. Jesus' death on the cross bridged
the gap between God and people. The Bible says, "For Christ
died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous,
to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18a).
to Jesus for eternal salvation. The desire in your
heart to be saved is the Holy Spirit offering you forgiveness
of your sin and the gift of eternal life. You can receive a
right relationship with God right now if you will:
1. Admit your need for a Savior.
2. Be willing to turn from your sins.
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on
and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come
life through the Holy Spirit.
Pray a prayer
similar to this:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I
believe You died to forgive me of my sins. I want to turn
from my sins. I now invite You to come into my life. Thank
You for forgiving me of my sin.
Thank You for giving me new life. From this day forward,
I will choose to follow You."
If you prayed
this prayer, share your decision with a Christian friend, local
pastor, or Sunday School teacher. Ask to be baptized as a public
expression of your faith. Get involved in church so that you
can grow deeper in your faith. Read your Bible to know Christ
better. Talk to God in prayer every day. And tell
me, and others, about what Jesus has done for you.