Before I became a follower of Jesus, I didn’t trust the Bible to be the true Word of God. I thought attending church was a boring religious ritual. I felt uncomfortable around Christians that treated me like an outsider. And I was fascinated by the willingness of so many to constantly donate money to religious organizations that didn’t appear to be doing anything worthwhile. From my point of view, the Bible, church, religion, and Jesus were unnecessary distractions from real life. So what happened?
I was in a period of deep depression. My life had become empty and meaningless. I was searching for a new direction. I felt like there had to be more to life than the day-to-day struggle of making it through the day, avoiding negative outcomes, and earning enough money to survive. I was looking for a solution which I was unable to conjure up in my own mind, or with my clever talent, or my worldly experience. I wanted my life to have meaning.
I was in my late twenties, and over the years many people had tried to tell me about Jesus. I politely entertained their evangelistic efforts, and dismissed them as not for me. But at this low point in my life, I was ready to listen to the message of salvation through Jesus with an open mind. I was flipping through the channels on my television when I came across a preacher starting his televised Sunday message. I stopped flipping and started listening. I listened to the whole message. The preacher talked about how Jesus died for my sins and came back to life demonstrating how he could provide me with eternal life if I put my faith in him. By the end of the message I was on my knees in tears, confessing my sins to Jesus, and trusting Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
I didn’t become a follower of Jesus because I intellectually figured out the Bible is the true Word of God, or because I was able to figure out who the real Christians were and who the false Christians were. Becoming a follower of Jesus was not an intellectual experience – it was a spiritual experience. I felt the presence of God in my life. I felt the door open and I walked through it. I believe there were other times in my life that Jesus opened the door for me, but I turned my back and walked away. This time I stepped over the threshold and started a journey that brought me to this day – the day that I am encouraging you, if you have not already trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Now is the perfect time.
Here’s a simple prayer for those who are ready to step through the door:
Father God, forgive me for turning my back on you for so long. As I look back on my life, I can clearly see that you and you alone are responsible for everything good in my life. Luck and coincidence are words made up to describe the work of God. I want to thank you now for all of the times luck and coincidence brought me good fortune. From this day forward I will humble myself before you Lord and trust you completely. Thank you for sending your Son to die on the cross for my misdeeds. Today I place my faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus to supply me with Salvation from death, and to grant me eternal life in the kingdom of God. I pledge my life going forward to be a sincere effort to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, serving you Father God by serving others. I pray this all in the precious name of Jesus. Amen!
If you’ve prayed this prayer for the first time right now, tell someone, don’t keep it to yourself. Share the news with one of your Christian friends or family members and let me know so that I can pray for you as well. I’ll just say again, I’m not looking to sign you up for anything, and I have nothing to sell you, I’m only interested in helping you start a life-long relationship with Jesus.
A good place to start your journey with Jesus would be in my series on the teachings of Jesus. This will get you pointed in the right direction. Of course, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have going forward. You’ll also find a wealth of information throughout this blog and on my YouTube channel, Pointing the Way. Thank you for sharing this time with me. May you be greatly blessed by God for your effort.
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