What does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
Realize that you are a sinner: Let’s be real. No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one” (Romans 3:10 NLT), and that “all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23 NIV). This is because we cannot become who we are supposed to be without a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you: It may be hard to fully grasp, but you have an infinite God who created you and loves you…in spite of your sin! The Bible tells us, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son (Jesus Christ) to die in our place when we least deserved it.
Repent of your sin: The Bible tells us to “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19 NIV). The word “repent” means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we make the determination to run toward Him.
Receive Jesus Christ into your life:
Becoming a Christ follower (a Christian) is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. That is just being “religious”. Beginning a relationship with Christ is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. It is you willingly and, as completely as you know how, opening the door of your life to Him as Lord of your life. It is the beginning an incredible and eternal relationship with Him.
Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . . .” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV).
If you would like to begin a relationship with Christ, it begins in your heart with you yielding to him, then with your mouth, confessing Him. Romans 10:9 & 10 tells us “9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
A way to express your desire to begin this relationship with God is to simply pray this prayer below in your own words and mean it in your heart.
"Dear Lord Jesus, I agree with you that I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness of my sin! I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead.
Right now, I ask forgiveness of my sins, and I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. Please take over my life! I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior. And,as best I know how, I submit my life to You as Lord and Savior!
Thank you for saving me. Amen."