The most important decision we will ever make in our life is making Jesus Christ the Lord of our life.
(Heb 9:27 KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Our decision about Jesus Christ will decide our eternity.
The most important and most thrilling discovery in life is finding the way home to God. There are signposts that point us home to Him.
First, there is the signpost of God’s heart of love for us. As the Creator of everything, God is perfect and holy. His heart of infinite love reaches out to embrace us. He desires to cleanse us of our sins. He longs to give us peace of mind and heart, purpose for living, and assurance of a home in heaven with Him.
St. John says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus Christ offers us eternal life forever with Him in heaven. But He also offers us a full and abundant life right now. He said:
“The thief (the devil) comes to steal, to kill, and destroy. I have come that you may have life and that more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
At this moment, God is reaching out in love to us.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [sacrifice] for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
The second signpost is our need for God. The most desperate need of people everywhere is to be forgiven by God and restored to fellowship with Him. The mad pursuit after pleasure and possessions is often an unconscious search for God.
Although we were created to enjoy His presence, humanity’s rebellion against God’s rulership has cut our communion with Him. This rebellion is the root of all sin and has resulted in all the sadness in our world. Further, all of our self-efforts to reach God have proved inadequate.
Our rebellion against God has separated us from Him. Isaiah says,
“Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you…” (Isaiah 59:2).
This blight of sin has stretched over the entire human race.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
The payment for our sins is certain death and eternity without God.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
But the story doesn’t end with our need.
Signpost number three is God’s provision for us –Jesus Christ. While humanity raced madly toward judgment and doom, God intervened by sending Christ to pay for our sins.
Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. As the Son of God He lived a perfect, sinless life. His death is the sacrifice God accepts to pay for all our sins. Three days after His crucifixion He physically rose from the grave, forever triumphing over sin, death, and hell. As God’s only provision for sin, He offers forgiveness and new life to us, right now. Jesus himself has said,.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Further, the Bible declares that:
“there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)
Eternal life is a gift that God offers to us right now. This wonderful gift is provided, not because of what we have done, but because of what God has done for us.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The proof of God’s love for us is Christ’s death for us on the cross. He died so we can experience the way home to God.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” (1 Peter 3:18).
The fourth signpost is our commitment to Christ. Just what does it mean to commit ourselves to Christ? First, it means repenting or turning away from our old way of living. In turning to Christ we must turn from all our sins and from all our human efforts to save ourselves. The Bible is clear that it is God who does the work in saving us.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5)
Also, this commitment means trusting fully in Jesus’ death for us as the only payment ever needed for our sins. The Bible says:
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
Since Christ has purchased us with His own blood, committing our lives to Him also means transferring ownership of our lives to Jesus Christ. Now there can be no other title for Him in our life than “Lord.” Jesus Christ literally becomes our Master and we become His servant. When we come to Christ we take Him both as Saviour and Lord.
“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…For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ “ (Romans 10:9-10,13).
Now, what will we do with Jesus, this One who loved us enough to die in our place? We cannot be neutral about Him. He made it clear,
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30).
Now is the time for us to repent of our sins and commit our lives to Jesus Christ. To repent means to turn away completely from all our sins and all attempts to save ourselves.
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
We can come to Christ wherever we are. As we receive Him, He will receive us. We will finally and eternally be “home,” at peace with God. The past will be forgotten. Our sins will be forgiven. A new life will begin for us immediately.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am writing this as I (and others) are preparing for Baptism soon.
I am preparing to ‘claim’ Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. As a baby my Parents took me to church and ‘Claimed Me for Christ’ in infant baptism. It was not a biblical baptism; it did not involve my being fully immersed in the waters, signifying my Death in Christ and my rising to new life in Him. Neither was I able to speak and repent of my sins – for myself. Nor could I at that age Claim Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
Now as a more mature person…. I was going to say ‘adult’, but that is subjective (grin) I have chosen to stand before YOU my fellow Christian Witnesses, and confess my faith in Jesus Christ as My personal Lord and Saviour. Please pray for my new journey in faith.