A final message from Michael Green
If, like Thomas, you feel that you can say, ‘You are my Lord and my God,’ then, here is how to start. First, think about it carefully. This is the biggest decision you will ever make. The Lord wants to remove the bad things in your life. He wants to give you his joy, peace and guidance.
But it is challenging to follow him in a world which often rejects him. Are you willing to try to please him in what you do and say? Are you willing to be known as one of his friends, and to join with others? Are you determined to turn away from what you know is wrong?
If so, here is a wonderful promise for you. It’s from the Jesus who died to remove your shame and is alive again to be your friend. He does not want to be just an example that you try to follow. He wants to be the spiritual power inside you.
He says, ‘Look, I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.’ (Revelation 3.20.) Of course, Jesus does not physically enter our lives, but his unseen self, his Holy Spirit (as the Bible calls him) does come in ... when we invite him, but not before then.
Our life is like a house that needs serious repairs. Jesus can do the repairs, but he can’t do it from outside! We need to invite him to come in and make what changes are needed. He says, ‘l will come in.’ But only if you ask him – and he never breaks his promises. So …
- Find a place where you can be quiet, and sit or kneel.
- Thank him that he loves you so much that he went to the cross for you and is alive again to help you.
- Ask him, in your own words, to come into your life. You could say something like this: ‘Jesus, I want to welcome you as my Lord and my God. Please come into my life and give me the strength and courage to follow you loyally for the rest of my days.’
- Go and tell a Christian friend, if you have one, that you have taken this great step. It will strengthen you, and will delight your friend.
- Realize that this is just the start of a wonderful relationship with God. Christians all share a common symbol (baptism), a common meal (the Communion) a common book (the Bible) and a common family (the church). These are all given us to help us to grow in our friendship with Jesus, which is life as it was meant to be!
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God bless you.