But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 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.
Romans 10:8-10 is the key to knowing the difference between having eternal life or lack of it. It is established in these three Bible verses that we must fulfill a requirement in order to obtain salvation. There are many people who claim to believe in Jesus and yet are not saved. And it is not enough to believe in Him because Salvation involves giving an extra step. Confess with our own mouth that Jesus is Lord.
In May 2002 I was traveling from San Antonio, Texas to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I went to a job interview and I decided to travel two days before it. My flight was a Tuesday and I would interview on Thursday. I could have traveled on Wednesday and save a night hotel stay; but I did so because I had been invited to a service in a church that Wednesday.
To be honest, it was not the first time someone invited me to a church, but I was always looking for any excuse not to go. My motivation for agreeing to go this time was that the next day I had a job interview and I wanted to get where “God could see me” to help me getting the job. That was my agenda; I was not going because I had true interest in meeting with God to establish a relationship with Him, but for my personal interest purpose and nothing else.
I arrived an hour early to church because before they were praying for people and it suited me to pray for me that it was me well in my interview. That was my plan, but God’s agenda with me was another. The service was very nice and I liked what he said the pastor, who finally explained what Jesus did on the cross for us and invited those who wished to receive Him as their Lord and Savior. As I heard gave me respect, I raised my hand and went to the front where the pastor led me in a prayer in which I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord.
When I finish the prayer, it fall a band that I had in my eyes all my life. For years, I thought I was a good person, which would let God in His heaven. However, when I confessed with my mouth the Lordship of Jesus I panicked. I realized that if that night, when I get out of that church, I would have died without having taken before the decision to give my life to Jesus Christ; my final destination was to be the eternal torment, hell.
The reason was very simple; I did not have sufficient merit to earn heaven. If today you hear or you read this message you think that was my case; but you’ve been good enough to save yourself, I have very bad news for you. No matter all the good deeds you have done, all of them together do not reach the standard of God. Therefore, there is only one way: accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and confess with your mouth now and you will have salvation. God bless you.