It may seem like once you've accepted Jesus as both your source for salvation and the Lord of your life, that should be enough. Why should you get baptized, too? Isn't water baptism just some sort of religious ritual left over from when people were less sophisticated believers?
Your heart seeks salvation. But where do you begin?
Some tv preachers or gospel tracts make it simple. "Just repeat after me." Or, "just say these words."
But the Holy Spirit himself is here to challenge you. Have a heart to heart... with God.
Where do you stand on the sliding scale of sin?
Saintly -- Very good -- Sorta righteous -- waffling -- mischievous -- very bad -- wicked?
If we were permitted to determine our qualifications for salvation ourselves, most of us would decide that we really aren't all that bad. In fact, we're pretty good people and surely deserving of God's salvation.
"I'm no Mother Theresa, but I'm no Son of Sam, either," we'd say.
"Besides, nobody's perfect. We're only human," we might argue as a follow up.
The fact that we feel the need to argue our position should make us stop and think.
The choice for salvation, for Paradise or Hades, can only be made during our lifetime. There's no option to do it after death. But how do I know I'm saved? How can I be sure before I die?
II Cor. 5:10 - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.