What must a man do to be saved?

  • Scene: The admission Desk, Heaven.
  • Characters: St. Peter (St. P) and Mr. Religious (Mr. R) a pillar of community and church for many years.

Opening Scene: Mr. R. dies and he is before St. P.

St. P.: To enter here you must have earned 1000 points.

Mr. R.: That doesn’t seem excessive. I was a community leader for thirty years and strove for a better government and general social \ improvement.

 

St. P.: Excellent! A praiseworthy record. That’s one point.

Mr. R.: (taken back): I was faithful family man—married to the same woman fifty years and the father of four fine children whom we sent to the best colleges...

 

St. P.: You don’t say? We don’t get many like you these days. That’s another point.

Mr. R.: (sweating freely by now): I was an elder in my church, attended church every Sunday, taught Sunday School, tithe to the church faithfully...

 

St. P.: Commendable in every way! What a credit you were to the community. Two points. Now let’s see that makes...

Mr. R.: (on his knees, almost prostrate, half mumbling to himself): Good Lord! But for the grace of God, nobody could get in here!

 

St. P.: You have just received 1000 points.

To be saved, a man must first recognize that he can’t save himself. Why? Because everyone has willfully violated God’s perfect standards, and he who “offends in one point of the law is guilty of all” (James 2:10). God’s standard is perfection and we need desperately the divine grace that only Jesus can provide. Salvation is God’s plan to restore man to a holy, happy relationship with Him. All problems of sin, doubt, failure, and lack of victory in God’s power can be conquered by the following steps:


First, RETHINK...

Stop running away from the Voice of God and look at your life. We do not naturally want to obey God; only if we let the Holy Spirit show us our sin as GOD sees it will we realize just how bad we have been. To do this, you MUST be TOTALLY HONEST! Don’t pretend. Don’t “play down” your sin. Stop making excuses! Admit it from your heart!

“God, I am all wrong!” If necessary, get paper and pencil and WRITE DOWN the things that have come between you and God, and stopped you from serving Him as you ought.

Second, REPENT...

Turn your back on your old way of life. Be WILLING to lose any habit, any plan, any friend that you have been living your life for instead of God. This is not easy, but Jesus said if we want to follow Him, we must first count the cost. (Luke 14:25-33) Salvation is like a marriage. Two people promise themselves to each other, pledge their love to each other before a watching world, and give up all their old dates. This is what God wants you to do to know His love.

Third, RENOUNCE...

Give up all rights to your own life. If you are going to be a part of God’s world changing family, you cannot be your own boss any longer. You must die to your own plans, dreams and ambitions, and be willing to do whatever God wants you to do. He knows exactly what will make you the most happy. It may hurt to surrender everything at first, but God knows best, and will never ask you to do anything that you will regret in the end. A true Christian has nothing of his own. Time, talents, money, possessions, friends, career, and future; all must be surrendered for his King’s service wherever and whenever He wants them.

Fourth, RE-PLAN...

Be prepared to make many changes in your life! The very moment you make this heart- choice for God, the old “you” will die, and a new person inside you will begin to live. If the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about getting something right with someone, you must be willing to do it, before God can help you. Wherever you need to confess wrong, or restore or repay something to someone, the Lord Jesus will give you the courage and the words to say. Becoming a Christian implies the willingness, as far as is humanly possible, to right all known wrong. (Prov. 28:13) If you have written out a list of things that have come between you and God, ask His forgiveness now for those against Him. Plan to make right all others with the people you know you have wronged, and feel guilty about. The circle of confession must fit the circle of committal of sin. Those against God, confess only to Him; those against one person, to that person alone; those against a group, to the group.

Fifth, RECEIVE...

The Lord Jesus Christ by faith, (a loyalty of love to the Word of God), to rule in your heart as King. He must be your absolute “Boss” from now on! This act of faith is neither an “idea” or a mere “feeling” but an act, a choice of your will, made intelligently and carefully. Give Him your doubts, your weakness, and your loneliness. Your heart will never have peace, your doubts will never clear up, you will never die to the world until you trust, surrender, believe from your heart! Be totally honest with Him. Receive Christ into your life as your Lord and Master to live for Him from this moment on, forever. (Rom.10:9-10)