Dear Dr. Luauna,
Someone came to my house the other day talking about Jesus, they asked me, “If you died tonight would you for sure go to Heaven?” I did not know exactly what to say, I go to church every Sunday, they made me nervous. I told them I am I am trying my best to be a good person. How can anyone know for sure if they will go to Heaven? Signed, Not Sure
Dear Not Sure,
The good news is you can have the assurance of eternal life through salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus suffered and died a terrible death to take away the sins of the world, including yours and mine. The Bible says in John 3:16, whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. The word believe means to have faith in, so much that your believing will produce the action of a commitment. Not just thinking, but living your faith in Christ.
The Bible confirms we can know “for sure,” that we will go to Heaven, I John 5:13, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” Because you already believe in Jesus, then take the next step and confess Christ as your Savior. Romans 10:9-10, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Repeat this prayer with me, “Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins, I believe you rose again and I accept your promise of eternal life. I commit my life to you; help me to live for you with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.” When you sincerely surrender your life completely to Christ, you will know you have eternal life! Come to church, every Sunday morning, you will grow in your faith.