How Do you Make a Decision to Follow Jesus?
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How Do You Make a Decision to Follow Jesus?

If you lived in the first century you would have gone to Jesus and talked with him. It's the same way today.

How Do You Make a Decision to Follow Jesus?

If you had lived in the first century you would have gone to Jesus and told him that you’ve been listening and watching carefully to all that he’s said and done. You’ve been thinking it all over and you want to be part of His Kingdom. You’d tell him that you aren’t worthy to be part of God’s Kingdom and yet you’d remind Jesus that you clearly heard him say:  “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 And after reminding him of that promise Jesus would welcome you as part of God’s family.

And, that’s how we come to Jesus today. We just talk to him. I know that seems strange because we can’t physically SEE Jesus like they could back then. But that’s where your faith comes in. The risen Jesus told us that he was with us always, even to the end of the age. So you believe that and talk with him.

You might say something like this: “Lord Jesus I believe you are here now with me. I don’t know why you should bother with me but I see that I’m important to you. There is a lot in me that needs cleaning up but I know you went to the cross to deal with my sins and guilt and I invite you to come now and finish what you started in me. I still have a lot of questions and doubts about things but I’ll leave those at your feet and let you reveal your answers in due time. Since you invite people to come to you, I am coming now.”

The actual words you say don’t matter so much as the attitude of your heart. Jesus will meet you right where you are and it’s then that you begin to discover that he’s real and he’ll begin your transformation right then and there. Now, as soon as you make a commitment to Jesus the doubts ARE GOING to flood in -- so you’d better expect them. That’s when you’ll need to hang onto one of his promises.

For example, Jesus said, “The one who comes to me I will not cast out.” (John 6:37)So, you came to Jesus and he’s not going to cast you away even if you fail him again. Get firmly in your mind and heart when the doubts come that Jesus dealt with your sins and failures at the cross and said, “It is finished!”. That means his job was done for good. He will never have to go to the cross again on your behalf.

When you do something wrong --- and we all do ----- you can plan on a little voice whispering in your ear, “See you blew it again. You’re supposed to be a Christian but you can’t quit sinning.”  That’s the devil speaking to you his words of accusation and discouragement and you can be sure they will come because Jesus faced the same. But don’t fall for him.

Jesus confronted him with God’s Word. Three times he said, It is written, it is written, it is written and then he quoted each time what God had said. You can say something like this when the devil whispers in your ear: “Yes, I admit I’ve sinned again but I am heartily ashamed and I don’t want to keep doing this. I have already apologized to Jesus and he has forgiven me and dealt decisively with this sin at the cross. I am relying on what HE has done and am going to get up and be a wiser disciple the next time.”

A wise older disciple once gave this advice. “Talk back to the devil by quoting back to him what Jesus has said. He’ll have no choice but to flee and wait for another time to knock you off guard.” Jesus ALWAYS keeps his promises to us and so learn to stand on them.

Remember, a decision you make for Christ isn’t something that makes you immediately perfect. Those who think so will end up discouraged the first time they stumble or fall. But a decision for Jesus means that you are now part of the family of God. You are a citizen in the Kingdom of God, Jesus is your Savior and Lord, and this is like entering into a whole new world.

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