Sunday, 25 June 2017

What is your ‘Come to Jesus story’?

Have you confessed that Jesus is now part of your life forever and that in doing so you are a ‘Child of God’?

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I remember one of my Ministers regularly asking people; ‘What is your come to Jesus Story?’ and this is the question I want to ask you today. Some of you will no doubt have an answer buzzing around in your head, whilst others will be wondering what I mean. What I mean is, have you ever done what Paul tells us to in Romans 10:9-10? ‘if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (recognising His Power, Authority, and Majesty as God), and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (in Christ as Saviour) resulting in his justification (that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God); and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses (his faith openly), resulting in and confirming salvation'.  In other words, this is the process in which we enter into a relationship with God the Father, through Jesus the Son. Therefore, your story is; how you did this and what happened?

For example, my ‘come to Jesus moment’ was as a child of 6 years old. I had come home from a Sunday morning meeting and prayed and asked Jesus into my heart before the evening meeting. I couldn’t tell you the time of year or the words that I said, but, I can tell you why and how I felt. In those days (early 1970’s) the Ministers I heard speak, my parents and my grandparents all fervently believed that Jesus could return at any time. We would often go out of the morning meeting in the expectation that Jesus could return even before the evening meeting. I am guessing that this was the message had been given during that Sunday morning service because I remember the overwhelming desire to enter into a relationship with God before the evening meeting. I had heard this told so many times before, so, in the way a 6-year-old does, I just copied what I had heard, a simple yes, but non-the less a real and permanent commitment. I remember clearly running to the Minister that evening to tell him what I had done, and I remember him lifting me from the ground and swinging me round in his arms with joy.

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My ‘come to Jesus story’ may not be a big story but it is my story. I say it isn’t a big story because in my youth my parents and I were avid readers of autobiographies of people that had come to Jesus when they were older. There were stories of prisoners who had done wrong and found Jesus in prison and He transformed their lives; there were stories of Muslim, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others that in their search for a full relationship with God had met with Him through Jesus the Son. There were members of gangs who when their lives were transformed, risked their own lives to tell fellow gang members of the power there is in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. So, in the light of these stories my story of what God had rescued me from would appear to be minor or less significant.  In recent years, I have however come to realise that my story is not as small as I had thought, it’s just that He rescued me from a lot before it happened. Not only that but because I embarked on my journey of companionship with God at an early age He has always been there and has guided my footsteps as He promised He would. That makes my ‘come to Jesus story’ just as relevant and meaningful as the greatest adventures however mundane it initially seemed to me. 

So, what is your 'come to Jesus story' and what is it that is important about the story to you? Have you gone through the process of accepting that; you cannot be right with God on your own merit by what you do – the bible tells us that we can never be good enough to be right before God on our own (by our deeds or actions), as the goal is just too high, even for those who manage to be ‘mega good’ – just look at the ten commandments in Exodus 20 and how even King David a man after God’s own heart couldn’t keep them all the time. Do you believe God exists and that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of the Living God? The bible is God’s word and it tells us that Jesus died and rose again for us to be made right with God and to be able to enter into the same type of friendship/companionship with Him that Adam, Moses and Elijah had, to name a few. Have you confessed that Jesus is now part of your life forever and that in doing so you are a ‘Child of God’? The bible tells us that this is ultimately what happens when we follow the simple yet profound instructions found in Romans and that by doing so we are adopted into God’s family through Jesus His Son. Amen.

It is important that you have a ‘Come to Jesus story’ of your own and that way you will know that one day, you are going to spend forever (eternity) with Jesus in heaven. Amen

Author: Julie Roach 

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  1. There are so many lost souls who are struggling in this World who seem to be searching for something, but are not sure what it is they are searching for. This article reminds us that it is only Jesus who can fill that void in our lives and bring us real peace in all circumstances. As the song and the end of the blog says; 'come to Jesus and live'. Amen. Thank you for this encouraging blog. God bless

  2. It's good to be reminded that we all need to seek the lord to fill the emptiness of our lives but also our come to Jesus story is such an important one even if it's not dramatic. God calls us all in different ways but each story is a miracle itself.

  3. Dear sister, thank you so much for Blessing the body of Christ with your testimony, ALL the Glory to God ALWAYS, Amen.
    What a beautiful image of you as a 6 year old little girl being lifted up by your Pastor and him swinging you in his arms with Joy.
    As the song at the end sings "Fly to Jesus and live", Amen
    God Bless sister.

  4. Thank you for this encouraging article, and reminding us that no ones 'come to Jesus story' is insignificant. They are all miracles of God's grace, and through them we all have a testimony which is no less important than anyone else's. The fact that God called us and we responded is a testimony in itself, but how we now live our lives will be the ultimate testimony. God bless.