Good news: All it takes is faith to be born again! You don’t have to meet some standard of behaviour. You don’t have to first ‘improve yourself’ or clean up your act. The bible makes it clear in the following verse
Rom 3: 20 (NIV)
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the law and the prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
It says that NO ONE will be called righteous by observing the law. In other words, you can’t please God with good behaviour. True righteousness comes through faith in Jesus to anyone and everyone who believes.
The point is – no one will EVER be good enough to be saved. Everyone who ever tries ends up feeling too sinful to be born again or too good to rely on God – either way, they’ll remain with their old life.
Faith means taking your focus off yourself and your behaviour. It means believing and acting on what God says in the word instead of what you feel or see around you. You don’t get born again by focusing on your own ability to do good or obey a set of commandments. All you have to is trust in what Jesus did for you through his death and resurrection.
Any how do you know your faith will work?
Romans 3: 27
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
This verse says that no one can boast about how good he is, because no one can be saved by his own works. Receiving from God is based on the law of faith.
You don’t have to ‘try’ faith. Faith always works. It’s a law, just like gravity is a law. You can be assured that for as long as you’re alive – anytime you step outside your house, you’ll be able to use gravity to get where you’re going – you need never fear that you’ll float off into space!
The law of faith is the same way. If you come to God in faith, acknowledging his lordship over you and confessing in faith that Jesus was raised from the dead for you – you WILL be born again – by law!