Do you remember where and when you accepted Christ? Or, as I like to put it, where did you get saved? You can accept Him into your life anytime, anywhere. He is always there and waiting on you.
I like to think of it as, “If you start walking toward Him, He will run to you.”
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Think about it. Who is the world?
You and I are God’s creation. “Whosoever” means just that.
As for watching His own Son die that horrible death so that we may be saved, it is as real as if we could imagine our own child suffering and dying.
As I wrote earlier, we can call on Jesus to come into our hearts and lives anytime, anywhere. He never slumbers or sleeps. But I do think most people get saved at church, at the house of God.
There used to be people saved in homes. People used to hold prayer meetings in their homes. Imagine that!
Some scriptures I can think of were found in Matthew 18. Jesus was teaching the disciples in verses 19 and 20. They say, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. (20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
These verses were not just for the disciples. Jesus showed and taught examples to all.
To say that we who call ourselves Christians live below our means or what we have access to is putting it mildly.
Paul told the Hebrews in Chapter 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
In Acts 2:42, we read that the apostles continue together breaking bread and praying.
I personally think that being in fellowship with others of like precious faith is a great place to be. Over the years, Bob and I have had many gatherings in our home. I have commented that an outsider looking in, hearing the wholesome hilarity, would wonder what we were smoking or drinking.
If they could only comprehend the peace of mind a Christian has through their hope in Christ (and that when the devil tells them that after they receive Christ, they cannot have fun or enjoy life, it is one of Satan’s biggest lies).
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
If you read this and you have never accepted Christ, I pray your eyes shall be opened to the reality of the hope promised to “whosoever.” Don’t let Satan continue to blind you from the truth.
If you read this and you are a Christian: The Holy Spirit touches us mightily…You can’t accept Christ unless He is touching your heart strings. There is no outside knob; we have to open the door. Then, He gives us work to do.
One very important thing in the day we are living in is this: We need to be faithful in the house of the Lord, wherever He has led us.
Have you looked around at world happening?
I believe with all my heart that people are going to be hunting a church where they can accept Christ.
Will you be there?
Pearl Harper has written the Spiritually Speaking column for more than 40 years.