I used to go to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa on Monday nights and listen to Greg Laurie teach a Bible study in college. There were always hundreds of people there. At the end of every sermon, he would give a salvation message. I can’t remember a night where less than fifty people walked down the aisle and received Jesus as their personal savior. Greg Laurie showed them the way to salvation.
“for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Shows the Way
Paul lays out clearly what it takes to follow Jesus. You have to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. If you do that, you will be saved. Simple as that. The feeling that starts in your heart is because the Holy Spirit has done all of the rework. No one is searching for God. The Spirit shows you that something is missing and that you are a sinner in need of a savior. When we respond to that nudge, our whole world changes.
Don’t let people make this process any more difficult than it should be. Salvation is for everyone who will profess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Some people profess that is only certain people are going to heaven, so it doesn’t matter what you feel in your heart or profess with your heart. Others try to make the process too simple. They reduce it to a warm fuzzy feeling without ever addressing people’s sins. Don’t fall for any of these.
The Way to Salvation
If you are close to leading someone, you’ve been witnessing to Jesus, follow this verse. Tell them they have to believe in their heart and profess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is the only way to heaven. Let’s do all we can to make the path to salvation as simple as possible while still including the truth of what it takes. When people know what is expected of them, it is easier to make a decision.