“I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”
There are many very important events in one’s life. Some of these surely include: birthdays, vacations, beginning school, moving to a new town, first boy/girl friend, the “Big” game, first job, graduation and marriage. These are events we never forget. But we must also add to this list what has to be the most important thing anyone can do; the day one becomes a Christian.
So many things about that day make it a highlight in anyone’s life.
(1) To most people, the day of becoming a Christian was the first event, in their lives, about which they gave a lot of serious thought. This decision deserves careful consideration, after all, eternity hangs on the choice we make here. It deserves the most thought we can give. However, we should never over think any decision. If we know what should be done about this matter, we should not delay to do it.
(2) The day one becomes a Christian is the day that one’s past sins are forgiven by God. They are “washed away” and “remembered no more.” When God forgets our sins, they are gone “for good.” We then can start a new life.
(3) The day one becomes a Christian is the day that everything in life changes. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” As a Christian I must look at all things in a different way than I have before and also differently than everyone else sees them.
(4) The day one becomes a Christian is the day one becomes a member of the Lord’s church. Now growth will be expected of this new baby in Christ. Learning is necessary to growth, so Bible classes are required.
(5) The day one becomes a Christian is when worship takes on a whole new meaning. Now we worship as a part of the body of Christ. Now the thoughts of the songs and prayers should reflect my thoughts and desires. My participation in the communion will have a special meaning to me for now I have let the blood and broken body of Jesus pay the price of my sins.
Yes, the day one becomes a Christian is a day not to be forgotten at all. I hope you will never forget that day.
Brethren, considering all that brother Harbison has said here, how much does that day you became a Christian mean to you? Do you really think about and appreciate all it did for you?
Until next week, I love you all,