If you want to become a Christian and have a relationship with God, then all you need to do is accept His gift of salvation by believing and confessing that Jesus is Lord and has been resurrected from the dead (Romans 10:9–10) and repent and ask Him to forgive your sins (Acts 2:38; 3:19).
Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven and your eternity with Him is secure. You do not need to earn your salvation because it is a free gift from God, and you can live in His great peace and love forever, even after physical death on this earth.
A Relationship with God
The Christian faith is a relationship with God, meaning that you will continue to grow in your faith and your character if you allow God to work in your life. As Christians, God does not expect us to be perfect and never make any mistakes, but we were also never meant to stay stagnant in our faith after accepting salvation or to purposely continue sinning. Accepting salvation through Christ is recognizing that God has graciously saved us from our own sin and destruction and that He will help us to continuously turn away from sin as we choose to follow Him, His commands, and His good and perfect design for us as His creation.
God’s love for us is unfathomable, and His love is so great that He sacrificed and took the just punishment for our sin on Himself in order to save us and reconcile us to Himself. His love also leads Him to warn us of the danger of our sins and choices that go against His will and design so that we will not suffer the consequences of those choices.
As Christians, we are thankful for God’s amazing love, mercy, and grace and we choose to love Him back. Part of that love is choosing to live by His will, design, and commands because we recognize that they are all for our well being and given to us out of love and care from God. For this reason, we choose to follow Jesus as Lord of our lives and allow Him to change our hearts, minds, and actions to honor Him.
The Holy Spirit and Baptism
After becoming a Christian, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and He will lead us in our everyday lives as we grow in our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is God, so God Himself guides and comforts us in this way.
As an outward expression of our faith and salvation, Christians also participate in the action of baptism. Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but the early Christians practiced baptism following a person’s acceptance of salvation as a sign that he or she is now a Christian and has been given new life in Christ. Baptism was accepted by Christ Himself and a part of His “Great Commission”, in which He told His disciples to go into all the world preaching the gospel and baptizing the new believers who accept salvation (Matthew 28:19).