2017-02-10 - An Important Question
Acts 16:25-34 (NKJV)
To believe means to put faith in or entrust something to something. We are to put our faith in Jesus, entrusting our lives to him. Pretty simple, but that's because belief, faith, and things such as that have a nice churchy sound that my ears are used to, so let me break it down a bit. There are many others who have broken it down by ways such as the Four Spiritual Laws or the FAITH outline, so I won't repeat those. Instead, I'll try to use this passage and a practical illustration.
First, something told this man he needed to be saved, or he would not have asked the question. Something compelled him to ask the question. This is an important step, in my opinion. God must be calling you. Jesus said, "No one can come to him unless the Father calls him." (John 6:44) If you open the front door of your house to invite a friend in, but he's not there, it does you no good. Are you compelled to ask the question? Are you willing to hear the answer? If not, then you might as well go away now, because you won't like the answer. Just close the door and go back inside.
Second, you must realize why he is there. I'm going to stick to this house analogy, simply because I like it. If he comes knocking at your front door, it is to save you. He is there to become Lord of the manor, king of the castle. The word Lord, in Paul's answer, means master. If he is your master, then you own nothing. Everything you have, and your life itself, belong to him. If he comes to your house, it is to take over the whole house - not just the guest bedroom on Sundays. Are you willing to call him Lord? Before you fully answer that question, let me finish, because just like the Ginsu knives© and Sham-wow towels ©, there's more.
Third, you must really admit why he should take over. Your house is in shambles; it should be condemned. You have ruined the house. You can't fix it. The churchy words for this is that you are a totally depraved sinner. And because you are powerless to do anything about the mess, he is there to take full ownership so he can demolish it and replace it. Jesus is not just the Lord-master-owner; he is also the Christ. This is the Greek word for the Hebrew term Messiah, meaning the anointed or chosen one. He is the chosen one because he is the master builder of lives. Only he can save you; that is why he came to earth. Jesus came and lived a perfect life, to show what your house should look like. He is the only perfect human to ever live - but he is also God. The power to rebuild your life is in his hands, just as they were his hands that fashioned the first lives in the Garden of Eden. Will you surrender your life to him, so he can fashion it after his own perfect life?
Does God want to transform your life? Do you believe he can transform your life? Do you believe your life needs transforming? If he does, and you do, then simply tell King Jesus that you surrender your life to him, and ask him to forgive you of all the sin you have destroyed it with. Entrust your life to him as your master and savior.
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.