John 15:16 says, “You didn’t choose me, I chose you.”
In other words, you were chosen, by God, to receive His free gift of salvation. When someone gives you a gift, do you ask that person how much you owe him or her? No! The appropriate response to a gift is THANK YOU! What God’s word is telling us is that Heaven is a “free gift” and this gift cannot be earned nor is it deserved. You can never be good enough to get into Heaven, you can never go to church enough, you can never follow all the rules enough, you can never do anything enough. While all those things are worthwhile, only by accepting Jesus Christ and the price He paid for our Salvation can you receive the gift.
God made a choice to send His Son to die for our sins, so that by believing in Him, we might live. Jesus made a choice to follow His Father’s plan by dying on the cross to pay for our Salvation. The choice is now up to us, to believe, to ask for His forgiveness, and to give our lives to Him so that He might save us. If you would like to follow His Directions and accept His forgiveness, you can do that by making the choice to pray this simple prayer right now,
“Lord, I am a sinner, and I know that I am lost. But I am trusting in the directions You have given me in order to be saved. I believe that You sent your Son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins. I believe that He was raised from death to be with You, and to prepare a place for me. Jesus, please come into my heart and change me. Help me to turn from my sins and turn to living for You. I now place my life and my trust in You and You alone for my salvation. I choose to live for You and to accept your gift of eternal life”.
If you prayed that prayer, Jesus has come into your life and it will never be the same. He will guide you through whatever trials you may face. By putting all your faith and trust in Him, you are not lost, you are not empty, you now have Directions for the Journey of your life.