“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Paul and Silas answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
– Acts 16:30-31
If we had to ask Jesus the same question, “What must I do to be saved?” He would answer us gently: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” (Jn 11:25-26)
Jesus would then ask us, “Do you believe this?” (Jn 11:26) To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ is to believe in what He says (and not just believing the things said about Him). True belief starts when we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and when we believe what Jesus Christ tells us through the Gospels.
But, before we hastily answer Jesus’ question and tell Him “Yes, Lord, I believe”, perhaps we should consider whether there is a possibility that He would then look at us, and with sadness in His voice, ask, ‘Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?” (Lk 6:46) To hear and believe what He says…is good. However, if we truly regard Him as Lord, then we must obey Him and do as He says.
Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, is believing His teachings and obeying His commandments – obeying is an essential part of believing.
My Lord, my God, I believe, help my unbelief!
I rely on You, Lord.
I believe in You, Lord.
Forgive my wavering;
forgive my weaknesses;
heal me, O Lord, and strengthen my resolve.
Send Your Holy Spirit upon me, Lord,
to console me, to guide me,
and to keep me on the right path – Yours.
Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.
Lord, increase my faith and my love for You!