Updated: May 5
I was praying this afternoon about what to write. I am currently doing a short series on the words of Jesus leading up to his death on the cross, so I already had that piece of writing posted... yet God was softly telling me to write something else.
So I prayed and asked him to please let me know what it should be. The only thing that came to mind over and over and over... was John 21:17. I kept waiting for more instruction and there was none. The verse was all I got:
"Peter do you love me? Feed my sheep."
So I am here, writing to you, in case you are starving and need to be fed. I don't know who will read this post, or if it will have any bearing on anything at all- but at least I did my part by writing it. Jesus will do the rest.
Asking people to accept Jesus as their friend always makes me a little uncomfortable. I remember opening my eyes in church during prayer when the pastor would make an appeal. I wanted to see what other people's reactions were. This idea of "asking people" to come to Christ was so strange to me. Even now, I'm looking over at God asking how to do this. I would feel like a fake if I wrote you some long fancy, elaborate, eloquent piece about salvation. It just isn't my style.
Instead, I'm going to say this: believing in Jesus is what we were all made to do. It comes naturally. Sure we fight it, but I think sometimes we push back the hardest against things we know are good for us. I don't buy into some of the things other well-intending Christians say about how hard it is to accept Jesus and follow him and how it is a daily sacrifice. I don't look at it as "taking up my own cross". I don't need to take up a cross- Jesus did that part for me. I actually think it is the opposite. I think believing in Jesus is a joy. A relief. A revival. A rest.
It isn't a joy because you will now have a perfect life. It isn't a joy because no one will ever hurt or betray you. It isn't a revived life because you will now do everything without error. It is a joy because it is what you were meant to do. It is the only decision that you can make that will give you the satisfaction you are craving in your life. It is the only choice you can make that will fill the void that has been seemingly unfillable.
Accept Jesus today.
You don't need to join a specific church denomination. You don't need to say a special prayer. You don't need to get a pastor's approval. You don't need to tell anyone about it... at least not right away. All those things can happen later. Some of those things don't have to happen at all.
I'm not going to give you a pamphlet, a product, or push some hidden agenda.
Accepting Jesus is simply between you and Him. It is saying, "Hey God, I don't have all the answers about who you are, but I know you are up there and I want to know more." It is giving Jesus permission to be your friend. It is giving yourself permission to embrace the faith you have been wrestling with for so long.
There is nothing I can really write here to give your doubting mind instant gratification or immediate peace. You will still have a lot of questions about the world, life, and everything else even after you accept Jesus. So why do it? Why make that personal commitment? Is it really worth the risk?
I can only share my own experience... and that is simply that God has really gotten involved in my life and I sincerely love him. I would do anything for him. Truly.
He has helped me find a passion for the Bible. I am reaching for it all the time after years of thinking it was the most boring, obnoxious book ever. He has helped me see things in people, the good in people, that I never noticed before. He has given me something to hang on to in my toughest, most broken moments. He has been someone there to listen to me cry, yell, or celebrate. He has always been there. He is always there.
No person can be with you through everything like Jesus can. Because of death, anyone and anything we love can be gone in an instant- but Jesus cannot be taken away from you.
All those cute little Bible verses that are floating around on the internet... are actually true. They are legit. They are so much deeper than just another cheesy quote to absent-mindedly post on your social feed.
"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
That is it. That is all you need to know to start. I'm sorry if other people have made it way more complicated than that. It isn't.
Accept Jesus today.
A great next step can be found here: https://www.thebiblegirl.com/post/how-to-actually-start-reading-the-bible
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