A student at Duke University said, "If God grades on the curve, I'll make it."
Most people accept the philiosophy that all we need to do is our best, and then everything will be all right, or at least we will be able to just get by. This attitude shows an incredible optimsim about man's righteousness and an appalling ignorance of God's infinite holiness. God does not grade on the curve. He has an absolute standard, Jesus Christ. The character of God so blazes in its purity that it consumes all evil. Light destroys darkness. In God's presence, we would be consumed because of the corruption in our lives. The perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is the only basis on which we can come into fellowship with the living God.
If you live a life that is absolutely perfect, you can make it to heaven.
But that's like asking you to swim the entire distance to Hawaii. No one has ever succeeded at that, nor will anyone. All the other religions of the world are essentially sets of swimming instructions, suggested codes of ethics for a wonderful pattern of life. But man's basic problem is not failing to know how to live; it is lacking the power to live as one ought. The good news is that Jesus Christ does for us what we could not possibly do for ourselves. We need someone to take us to Hawaii. Through Jesus, our bridge, we are reconciled to God and able to have fellowship with Him in His very presence.
To accept Jesus' invitation you need to do 4 things:
God loves you and wants you to experience his peace and life.
The Bible says: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
1. ADMIT your spiritual need.
"I am a sinner."
The Bible says: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
2. REPENT and be willing to turn from your sin.
3. BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
God's love bridges the gap of separation between God and you. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins (the bad stuff you do).
The Bible says: "He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross." 1 Peter 2:24 TLB
4. RECEIVE, through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life.
You cross the bridge into God's family when you accept Christ's personal invitation
The Bible says: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." John 1:12
Whoever calls upon the name fo the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
Pray (say this to God): Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that you died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name, Amen.