Going “Forward”

A gospel appeal is made. People “go forward,” or to the “altar,” or to a decision room. This is good only to a very limited extent. It’s a first step in the most important matter of all. What matters, most of all, is what happens when you get there. Are you there because you have been emotionally stirred? That’s O. K. if it motivates you to do the right thing. Are you under conviction? That’s good unless you only want relief from guilt. Or, have you realized that you need a Savior? Have you realized that you need a Savior from sin itself and not just its penalty? Are you ready to give over the control of your life to Jesus? Are you turning to Him as your Lord? These are serious questions in today’s climate of “easy believism.”  Are you willing to have “self” pushed from the throne of your life and yield to Jesus’ reign? If you can answer these questions about His Lordship with an honest “Yes!” you have made a life-changing decision. Jesus, in Matthew 10:38, declared His terms: “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.” Judson W. Van De Venter has musically described in his hymn, “I Surrender All” the commitment a serious seeker is called to make: “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, in His Presence daily live. All to Jesus I surrender, make me, Savior, wholly Thine; let me feel Thy Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine. All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee; fill me with Thy love and power, let Thy blessing fall on me. I surrender all, I surrender all; all to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.” Selah! Being completely “up front” with those who are seeking is for their eternal good and for that of Jesus’ church!    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

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