You’ve probably heard someone say it before. Perhaps it was at an altar call with, “If you’re ready to give your life to Jesus, then I want you to come up here and pray…” Maybe it was a tract you found, “If you want to become a Christian, then pray this little prayer, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me for my sins. I give my life to you that…'” It may have even been a well-meaning friend, “If you would just give your life to Jesus…”
It sounds so right, doesn’t it. I mean, clearly, I’m the only one holding me back from being saved. But the thing is, that line of thinking has a major problem. You see, it takes salvation away from Christ and puts it on something that you do. It takes Christ’s gift and turns a work of your own doing into something that saves. This line of thinking is in direct contradiction with scripture. Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly spells this out for us.
If we had to give our life to Jesus, then it would be a work that we had to do, a work that we could boast of. The good news is that you can’t give your life to Jesus and you can’t do it because he gave his life for you. He did all the work for you, the only work that can save. The work of living a perfectly sinless life and he still took the punishment you deserve. Don’t try to find salvation by giving your life to Jesus; it’ll only lead to despair. Just know that Christ gives salvation and there is nothing you have to do.