| The Brunk Family reads passages from Romans and Luke | Sandy Lewis and Sara Hilton play Joy to the World | Ben shares a meditation on repentance |
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [Romans 10:9]
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” [Romans 10:13]
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. [Luke 15:10]
If you are already saved, pray for those who are not. Share your faith with your friends, family, neighbors and enemies. If you don’t know how, tell them your own story of how Jesus saved you. If you are at a complete loss, perhaps the following can help guide you.
If you do not yet have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, then I thank God you are hearing this now. Wherever you are, whether in a crowd, in your car, in your living room or in a public bathroom; God will meet you there. Call out to Him. There won’t be any fireworks, no loud trumpets, no bestowal of super powers. But the Bible promises that Heaven will rejoice at the repentance of one sinner.
Repentance is important. To repent means to turn away from.
Whichever direction you’re headed, without Christ, that direction is away from God. The only things that lie in that direction are sin and death. Turn around. Repent. Ask God to save you.
This is the miracle of a moment. As soon as you call on Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, you are saved.
Everything else from now on is how you as a new Christian respond to the free gift of salvation that costs you nothing and cost God everything.
Father, we pray that heaven be loud tonight with the celebrations of repenting sinners. Use us in whatever way You see fit to spread the joy of our salvation. Make our faith infectious. Fill us so completely, Holy Spirit, that it is You, not us that moves through Your world. More of You Father, more of Your Son, more of Your Spirit, less of us.