The Day I Accepted Jesus Into My Heart: Tell Me So That I May Believe In Him
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is He, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in Him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.” (John 9:35–38)
I was about 11 years old at children’s Bible camp when something wonderful happened to me. Sitting at the back of our camp auditorium with my ministry leader I felt something I never felt before. It was a beautiful feeling that beckoned me. It beckoned me to move, to move into a Holy place where He was waiting for me with open arms.
What could this strange sensation be? I could not explain it, but it was overwhelmingly real. I could not deny it. I kept seeing all these little bodies going forward. They were walking towards the altar. “Why were they crying,” I thought to myself. I really don’t remember the preaching. I was too busy being mesmerized by the activity of moving bodies and wet faces. Streams of tears, yet they were not sad tears.
Finally, I could no longer contain myself. I felt myself walking slowly, without a word I walked forward to the One who was calling me. Why was I moving? It was surreal, yet without a doubt very real. His presence was in this place. And, it was good.
As I reached the altar, I knelt down on my knees and looked gently toward my left and toward my right to see a row of children kneeling as I was, but moved with tears rolling down their faces. I scarcely remember closing my eyes and starting to pray, but I did. As His Spirit took a hold of my heart, I melted and said, “Jesus, my Savior, I accept you into my heart.” That was the moment it happened. The moment my life would be changed forever.
Like the blind man, I too believed. There was no doubt to be had in me. Nor was there a reason to look back. What could the world offer me that would be better than my relationship with my Heavenly Father? Nothing!
Like me, you have a story. With our story comes the responsibility to share it with the world, so that others may come to know Christ, our Savior. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
Whether you met Jesus at Bible camp, church, small group, or some other place, our stories each have a different path. For some, we continued to be strong in our path, never to go astray. For others, we might have jumped off course, but the Lord never gives up on us. He continues to make us new each day. Still, for others, they might have lost their way, but the Lord is wonderfully relentless, never ceasing in His pursuit of us. Finally, there are those who do not know Him, and if we do not share our story of our encounter with the Holy One, they may never come to know the One who created them. The One that knows them and all of their shortcomings, just like He knows our faults, and loves us with an everlasting love. And, sadly, they may never know the warmth and acceptance of the Almighty, Counselor, Prince of Peace who washes away all sin and makes us clean and Holy.
Do you know the Father, Savior, Creator of all that is good?
Do you know all that He has done for you, even to the point of death, death on the cross?
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: The old has passed away,
behold, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
It does not matter what you did or who you were. It matters who you choose to follow today. How is God working in you? How are you serving others to show Christ’s love?
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Salvation is free to everyone who believes. All you have to do is admit to God that you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus is the son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins and accept the forgiveness He freely gives you. Repent and confess that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Today you can have a new life in Jesus Christ.
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