Whether you’re just learning about Jesus or you grew up attending weekly church services, faith can be difficult for many people. No one can prove God exists, and it can be hard sometimes to believe in something that you can’t see, touch, or hear. However, having a relationship with Jesus requires having faith and trusting in him. Luckily, according to Christianity, faith is a gift from God, and not something you have to create on your own.
1.Don’t give up on God just because having faith is hard at first.
Doubt is a natural human quality, so if you’re having trouble in believing in Jesus, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong. Since you can’t see God, it can be hard sometimes to trust that He’s really there. However, if you have the desire to honor a higher power, then over time, you can start to find God in His magnificent creation—everyone and everything you CAN see.
The book of John says that one of Jesus’ own followers, a man named Thomas, had trouble believing that he was really seeing Jesus when the two met after Jesus was raised from the dead. If someone who met Jesus face-to-face had trouble with faith, it’s only natural that people today would struggle with it too.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.” This means that faith isn’t something you have to do or have on your own, but a gift that God gives you to help you believe.
2.Study the historical context around Jesus’ life.
While there’s no direct archaeological proof that Jesus existed, many historical experts do believe that he was a real man. By picturing Jesus as a real person whose words and acts had a unique social and political impact where he lived, it becomes easier to have faith in him.
If you really want to dig deep into the historical context around Jesus’ life, try reading books like Journal for the Study of Historical Jesus and Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods.
3.Believe that Jesus is God’s son who was sent as a sacrifice.
The Bible says that Jesus was a man who was killed for his radical teachings about God. He was hung from a cross until he died. Then, 3 days later, the Bible says Jesus rose from the dead and left his tomb, and by conquering death, he created a bridge between sin and God.
In order to understand how Jesus’ death was payment for our sins, it helps to know that in the Old Testament, people were commanded by God to make sacrifices of their animals and crops in order to attain God’s forgiveness. God sent His son Jesus to Earth to take the place of those sacrificial ceremonies, earning forgiveness for all people.
John 3:16, one of the most well-known scriptures in the Bible, describes Jesus’ role in our forgiveness: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:6 reiterates this message: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
4.Acknowledge that you have been guilty of sin at one time or another.
Everyone has sinned, which is another word for disobeying one of God’s commands. A sin can be something as small as a little fib or as serious as murder. For instance, maybe you exaggerated to one of your teachers or your boss to try to get out of an assignment, you might have been unkind to someone out of anger, or perhaps you disobeyed your parents when you knew they wouldn’t find out. However, in order to become a follower of Jesus, you have to admit that you have sinned.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Being a sinner doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a bad person; it just means that no one is capable of being perfect. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus was the only person to ever live who never committed a single sin.
Because of sin, no one is worthy of an eternal heaven with God. However, He is loving and kind, so He has made it possible to attain that anyway. Romans 6:23 explains, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Many Biblical scholars believe that in this scripture, “death” means being separated from God in the afterlife.)
5.Understand that God loves you, no matter what you do.
The Bible says that God is perfectly good. His rules can seem strict or uncomfortable sometimes, but those rules exist to keep humans safe and happy. However, even when you don’t follow those rules, He still loves you and wants you to have a rich, full life in which you honor Him.
Hebrews 11:3 explains that although we can not see God, He is the One responsible for creating the world: “By faith, we understand that the worlds were formed by the word of God, so that the things that are seen were not made of things that are visible.”
6.Pray to God to ask for forgiveness and confess your faith.
Once you start to believe that Jesus is the son of God, and you recognize that you, like everyone else, have sinned, you can pray to God to forgive you for your sins. When you pray to God for the first time telling Him that you want to be a follower of Jesus, this is called the Prayer of Salvation. This prayer is the only thing you absolutely have to do in order to become a Christian, or a follower of Christ Jesus.
Try saying something like this: “Dear Lord, I know that I have made mistakes, and I will never be perfect. I want to turn away from sin and follow the teachings of Jesus. Please forgive me for everything I’ve done wrong, and help me to be a better person and grow every day.” However, you can say whatever you want in your prayer, as long as it truly comes from your heart.
1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
7.Dedicate yourself to a life following God’s teachings.
It’s not enough to tell God you want to turn away from sin. You also have to really make an effort to recognize and overcome the sins that you personally struggle with. This is called repenting of your sins, and it’s an important step in every Christian’s journey. Becoming a Christian or a follower of Christ is not just Him saving you from hell and letting you enter into heaven once you die, it is you now changing and making a commitment to serve God with your life.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it right all at once. Becoming more like Christ is a lifelong process, so just allow God to lead you as you continue to improve.
8.Be baptized as a symbolical commitment to your new life in God.
Baptism is a ceremony in which a person is submerged under water, then raised up again. It symbolizes the death of their old self and the rebirth of their new life in God. The Bible commands all believers to be baptized. However, if you don’t get baptized, it won’t keep you from going to heaven.
In Acts 2:38, Peter says: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The Holy Ghost is the spirit of God who inhabits His believers and helps to guide them in the ways of right and wrong.
In some denominations, you’ll be sprinkled with water in a symbolic baptism, rather than submerged under water.