I have been thinking about this topic a lot over the past couple of weeks, and it is one that I know many people deal with on a daily basis…and that is, “What must I do to be saved?”
There are many that we come across on a daily or weekly basis that are struggling with this question…the trouble is that many are afraid to ask the question. Another troubling, and perhaps more troubling, struggle is that of Christians who are not prepared to answer the question when it is asked of them.
One account of this situation is found in John 3 where we see Nicodemus speaking with Jesus about this exact topic. He is asking questions of Jesus on how a man can come to know salvation. If you are one who is asking this question, the answer can be found in the words of Jesus. If you are struggling to find an answer when someone asks this of you, the proper words are there for you to share in the words of our Savior.
“Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” – John 3:9-15 (ESV)
Jesus then expounds on this in the next three verses and gives us the answer in a statement of salvation that we can all take heart in. These three verses are the answer that we can all use when asking, or being asked the question, “What must I do to be saved?”
John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
In that we see our answer…Believe in Jesus Christ. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior. He came to save the world, and not to condemn. If you want to know what to do to be saved, look to Him!