He Is Here Now
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV)
When I see a flock of people go forward to accept salvation, I rejoice, but sometimes wonder if they truly know what they are signing up for. A life lived for Christ is not void of pain and suffering. On the contrary, The Bible says we will be despised and rejected just as He was.
Accepting Christ should not be some kind of fire insurance either—a five minute excursion to the front of a church is not a get out of hell free card. As a teen I led many friends and strangers in the salvation prayer, but now as an adult and with a bit more maturity, I wonder if I did them a disservice by not discipling them and introducing them to a full walk with God.
Because, that is what it’s really all about. Stepping out in faith, confessing our sins, asking Him to be Lord of our life is just the beginning. That is the moment of birth, but we are meant to grow and spend time with him through prayer, reading the Word and sharing our testimony with others. This is how we establish our lives in Him. Talking to Him, realizing that He is beside me at every turn, celebrating the good, protecting me from harm, comforting me through necessary pain...his companionship is the true prize on this earth. I recommend that you get to truly know Him now, because spending eternity with a stranger doesn’t sound much like heaven to me.
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