Church-Community Connection: The Power of One Decision Is Ready When You Are | Characteristics
I imagine that every reader in newspaper country will identify with this story.
A friend promised his 8-year-old son, Bobby, that he would take him fishing on Saturday. The boy waited impatiently for the day to come, but the rain ruined their plans. Bobby grumbled all morning, moping around the house. The rain stopped at 3 p.m. and they went fishing. They caught a load of fish.
At supper, Bobby’s mother asked him to say grace. Bobby did, and concluded his prayer with, “And, Lord, if I looked grumpy earlier today, it’s because I couldn’t see far enough ahead. Thanks for the fish.
I like Bobby’s prayer. “It was because I couldn’t see far enough.” Can we see far enough? Saying “thank you” is a great way to end the day of our life here, but what about heaven and our eternal life? If you are ready to believe that God is real, you can believe that there is life after death. And the way to heaven is through His Son Jesus. We have been talking about him in these articles since November 2004.
Look at what God says in the Message version of the Bible in Romans 10:9-10 about Jesus.
“The word that saves us is here, as close as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest.” It is the word of faith that invites God to get to work and make things right for us. This is the heart of our preaching. Say the word of welcome to God — “Jesus is my Master” — by embracing, body and soul, the work of God to do in us what He did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it.
You do nothing ; you just call on God, trusting Him to do it for you. It is salvation. With your whole being, you embrace God who puts things in order, then you say it out loud: “God has settled everything between Him and me.
There is a prayer that embraces what these Bible verses say. I prayed when I was 24 in March 1974 on a snowmobile at 3 a.m. in Pinetop. Before this prayer, I had never thought about my future. But that night, I looked far enough into the future and decided for Christ. Then I said “Thank you”.
I have never been the same since that moment. I have found God to be reliable. I discovered that God is who He claims to be. I discovered that God does what God says he will do. As I said a few weeks ago, “God is not dead. the father of God. I found a new life through Jesus, and I never turned back, and I don’t want to turn back. I discovered the power of the decision that matters most.
It’s not weird, like some religious stuff. My life is exactly as I know you would like yours to be – normal but supernatural. So look at the prayer that follows and, if you are ready, go ahead and pray it if it expresses what you want God to do for you. No pressure; it’s just God and you.
Here is the prayer. “God…I receive your Son Jesus into my heart. Even though I don’t understand everything, I say by faith that Jesus is Lord, and I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, that’s what God will do for me. Thanks for straightening things out between you and me. I thank you that I have a new beginning.
If you have prayed this prayer and have meant it, welcome to a greater world. Welcome to what God has created for you. Welcome to the family of God. God has lit the candle of your life. You are in a good position with God, already producing the light to which God has called you. You have discovered the power of a single decision.
Now, for the rest of us, I hope this article has inspired you, equipped you, and made you more aware of the God you can know. My sincere desire is that you can say after reading this article, “Ed, you and God touched me, and I grew.”
I hope that God, through my writings, has shifted your thinking a bit from unconscious to conscious, from indifferent to concerned, and from indifferent to interested in knowing more about the God you can know. I pray that you are closer to God now than when you started reading these weekly articles. I also hope that your heart and mind are open to consider the possibility of God. It would be a win-win for you and the sky.
My purpose in writing this article is to put things “God’s way, but kindly” and truly. I want to see you safely. I wish you to be freed from the ghosts of the past and prepared for the opportunities of the future. The welcome mat in this article is always there for you. And we’ll leave the lights on for you.
Remember, the power of one decision is ready when you are. If your decision is for God, remember that gratitude gives you confident assurance about the future.
God loves you and He has approved this message. PT