We must individually accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
God created you. If fact, he loves you so much and would like to have a relationship with you. Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." Jesus came so that we could know God in a personal way and dwell with him in heaven.
The Bible says "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
We accept Jesus by faith. The Bible says, "God saved you by his special favor when you believed... Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."
Accepting Jesus means believing that Jesus is the Son of God, then inviting him to guide and direct our lives. Jesus said, "I came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly... I'm standing at the door and I'm knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in".
If you pray the following prayer, you are taking the first step to salvation, by committing yourself to God. He knows the intentions of your heart.
"Jesus, I want to know you. I want you to come into my life. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin so that I could be fully accepted by you. Only you can give me the power to change and become the person you created me to be. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me eternal life with God. I give my life to you. Please do it as I wish. Amen."
If you sincerely asked Jesus into your life, then he has come into your life as he promised. You have begun a personal relationship with God.
What follows is a lifelong journey of change and growth as you get to know God better through reading your Bible, prayer and interaction with other Christians.