Making Sure That You Know You Are Ready When the Lord Comes.
When inquiring of people where they are with the Lord we often get many different responses.
I did that when I was a child, when I attended ____ church or release time class, yet each one did not sound confident in his standing with the Lord.
-Many say I did that at VBS or just I used to go to VBS in the summer.
-My uncle is a preacher, my mother taught me all that…
-I was baptized when I was _____ yet they don’t sound sure.
-I used to go to church.
-I did that at release time class but still they are uncertain in their response.
In most of those cases they remembered something in their past but did not sound confident in their stand with the Lord.
If you aren’t sure it could be because, since you made that decision you were not taught clearly what being saved really means.
Perhaps when you were discipled, you personally did not carry through with those steps of obedience and turn away from sin and disobedience.
How can you have confidence in your salvation?
Tell the Lord that you want to KNOW that you are saved. Confess known sin to the Lord. Go to a strong Bible preaching church, be baptized and join that church, read your Bible daily, and pray, which is just talking to the Lord. Confessing any daily sin and being determined to go on from there and not continually live a life of sin. Ask God daily to help you when you are tempted to sin.
You might say how do I know what to do or not to do? Seek godly counsel from a pastor another Christian person in the church, attend church and listen intently to the preaching.
Claim God’s promises. Open your Bible to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (by death on the Cross) that whosoever (you and me, everyone) believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” What kind of life _________________? That is right everlasting life.
Once you know Christ, the first thing you need to do is tell someone that you have given you life to Christ and then do what you can every day to win someone else to Christ by being a witness. What is a witness? That is when you tell others what Christ has done for you and then that HE will do the same for them.
If you are fearful of saying the right thing ask the pastor or myself for a simple gospel tract to carry with you to share the Gospel and don’t give that one away. Keep it and make a list of people you have led to Christ.
What is the Gospel? Read the Scripture below from Matthew thoughtfully.
Have you ever had the privilege of leading some to Christ to be saved. If so raise your hands.
Now I am speaking especially to the children and young people today. When you think about what you are going to do when you become an adult, first ask the Lord what He wants you to do and I am sure it will have something to do with spreading the Gospel.
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Once you have receive Christ as your Saviour then the Great Commision above is your responsibility. Go and tell others and lead them to Christ.
Here is a song that we do not want to be true of us as Christians.
NO FRUIT FOR THE MASTER
- Jesus was traveling a dusty highway.
When in the Distance he saw a fig tree.
But drawing closer oh what did He see,
Nothing, Nothing but leaves.
No fruit for the Master
Nothing but leaves.
No Fruit for the Master See how He grieves
How many ther are who although they believe,
Have nothing, Nothing but leaves.
2. Fruitless and barren they stand like that tree
Receiving his blessing so rich and so free.
But as Christ sees them He only can see.
Nothing, Nothing but leaves.
3. Friend, ’tis a warning to you and to me
Are we as barren as that old fig tree?
And when the master looks down does he see.
Nothing, Nothing but leaves?
The fruit in our lives is those whom we influence to follow Christ…
Let us not be with out fruit.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on you again forever. And presently the fig tree withered away.