Guilt (conviction), emptiness, hopelessness, some other “felt” need motivates you to seek help. You hear the gospel preached, or someone shares it with you. You might pick up a tract; someone who cares might give you a book or booklet explaining salvation, maybe a Bible. Or, perhaps you accept an invitation to an evangelistic event. Understanding dawns on you. You begin to comprehend that you are lost, headed for Hell. Learning more, you begin to figure out that Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross is God’s only way of effecting your rescue from your spiritually dead and lost condition. One way, or another, you surrender to Jesus, receiving Him as your Lord and Savior. If this has taken place in your life you have been chosen and called. If you have yielded your life to Him and trusted Him for your salvation, you have “come.” In John 6:37, Jesus tells us: “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” God gives to Jesus all whom He has foreseen will receive His salvation. They are chosen and called. They have come or will come! Has God foreseen in you “reception” or “rejection?” In his hymn, “Lord, I’m Coming Home,” William J. Kirkpatrick describes the realization by those who have come or will come: “I’ve wandered far away from God, now I’m coming home; the paths of sin too long I’ve trod, Lord, I’m coming home. I’ve wasted many precious years, now I’m coming home; I now repent with bitter tears, Lord, I’m coming home. I’ve tired of sin and straying, Lord, now I’m coming home; I’ll trust Thy love, believe Thy Word, Lord, I’m coming home. My soul is sick, my heart is sore, now I’m coming home; my strength renew, my hope restore, Lord, I’m coming home. Coming home, coming home, nevermore to roam, open wide Thine arms of love, Lord, I’m coming home.” Selah! There are only two places where human beings will live forever. One is Heaven; the other is Hell! If you are coming home, you have a glorious “forever” awaiting you; if you are moving in the other direction you are getting closer and closer to Hell-FOREVER! Turn around while you can and come home!    Ron

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