How do I become a Christian? How do I give my life to Jesus?

Sirkka-Liisa Huhtinen

Every christian could tell a different story of how they came to know Jesus. One may have had a revelation overnight, another may have taken years to finally believe, and yet another may have grown to know Jesus since they were a child. There is not just one way to become a Christian. What they do, however, all have in common is that it is the Lord who opened the heart to receive faith.

Here is a simple piece of advice for those who wonder how to become a Christian: stop running away from God. Open your ears to hear what the Bible teaches. See what the Lord has already done for you. God loves you. Jesus suffered the punishment of your sins on the cross. You are dear to your God and Saviour. Just believe it and thank God.

You may pray: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." Based on the Bible, God will certainly hear this kind of prayer, and He will forgive your sins. He has promised us forgiveness of our sins through Jesus.

Faith is not about feelings, so it is not important what faith feels like. The important thing is, who do you believe: Jesus saves you! Salvation is a gift from God. By faith we receive that gift.

If you have been baptised, becoming a believer means you’re coming back home; to a relationship with your Saviour. Find a church. There you will hear of God’s forgiveness (absolution) and share Holy Communion with other Christians.

Jesus calls everyone to Him; whether you are baptised or not. In baptism we are cleansed and joined with the congregation.

(What if I haven’t been baptised?)

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
(Romans 10:13, ESV)

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!