There is more to believing in Jesus than just trusting Him to get you to Heaven. Believing inJesus also means entrusting Him with yourself, your life and your all. It is a matter of havingsuch confidence in Christ that you are willing to take Him at His Word and obey Him withoutquestion.
Confessing Jesus as your Lord
Lord means boss. To become a Christian you must be willing to make Jesus the Lord (boss) of your life. You must surrender control of your life to Him. You must slide out from under thewheel of your life and let Christ in the driver’s seat. From here on out your life will no longer beabout what you want to be and what you want to do, but about what Christ wants you to be andwhat Christ wants you to do. No longer will you live your life the way you want to, but the wayChrist wants you to.
There are two words that are impossible to say: “No Lord.” The minute you say “No,” Jesusceases to be your Lord. You’ve usurped Christ’s Lordship over your life and put yourself back inthe driver’s seat. To be a Christian means having no more decisions to make, only commands toobey. You no longer plot your own path, but simply go in whatever direction the Lord points you.
Calling upon the name of the Lord
Why does the Bible instruct us to “call upon the name of the Lord” for salvation. Why are we notinstructed to just call upon the Lord?
The Lord’s name is Jesus—the “name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9-11).According to the Apostle Paul, the name Jesus will ultimately be universally bowed to andconfessed by “things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth.” The onlyquestion is: “When will men bow to Jesus Christ and confess Him as Lord?” They can freely doso now for salvation or wait till later when they are forced to do so in condemnation.
The name “Jesus” means “the salvation of Jehovah.” Jesus alone is mankind’s hope of salvation.Apart from Him “there is no [other] Savior” (Isaiah 43:11). As Acts 4:12 teaches, “Neither isthere salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, wherebywe must be saved.” No other name can save us. “Allah” won’t do, neither will “Mohammed,” “Buddha,” “Brahma,” or “Krishna.” Only Jesus cansave us from our sins!
To become a Christian you must trust Christ and Christ alone tosave you from your sin. You must give up any notion of beingsaved upon the basis of what you do for God and call upon theLord to save you on the basis of what Christ has done for you.
All true Christians believe that other religions are spiri
tual dead-ends, leading
only to destruction (Proverbs 14:12). No matter how