The Transforming Power of Jesus
The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation. Charles Spurgeon.
And now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you? George Whitefield.
I have seen (as far as it can be seen) many persons changed in a moment from the spirit of horror, fear, and despair to the spirit of hope, joy, peace; and from sinful desires, till then reigning over them, to a pure desire of doing the will of God. John Wesley.
Of all the privileges that are ours in life, none is more dynamic, overwhelming, and thrilling than leading someone to faith in Jesus Christ. The moment that a person truly repents of sin, fully trusts in Jesus as their personal Savior, and surrenders to His Lordship through His great salvation, the joy is abundant. For the new believer, there are tears of release from sin, relief from guilt, and the reality of God having done a mighty work in their lives through faith. For the one that was present to tell the Good News of Jesus’ power to save, there is a joy that is hard to describe and impossible to contain. Laughter mixed with sobbing with the new-born saint manifests itself. Those first moments of “birth” spiritually are truly “out of this world”.
Sadly, personal evangelism is not practiced by us in the 21st century as in times past. As a result, a genuine burden for the lost, zeal to be obedient to “be His witnesses, and prayer that moves Christ-followers from being in the flock of sheep on Sundays to the fields of lost souls on Mondays is uncommon. Most believers will stand before God empty handed. They will have “not one” soul that they brought with them into the Kingdom.
The story is told of a young girl who accepted Christ as her Savior and applied for membership in a local church. “Were you a sinner before you received the Lord Jesus into your life?” inquired an old deacon. “Yes, sir,” she replied.
“Well, are you still a sinner?”
“To tell you the truth, I feel I’m a greater sinner than ever.”
“Then what real change have you experienced?”
“I don’t quite know how to explain it,” she said, “except I used to be a sinner running after sin, but now that I am saved. I’m a sinner running from sin!” she was received into the fellowship of the church, and she proved by her consistent life that she was truly converted. (Copied).
May God re-ignite the fire within us to see those around us as they are spiritually, “dead men walking”. May He motivate us through His Holy Spirit to “tell what we have seen and heard” to those desperate for purpose, longing for meaning in their lives, forgiveness for sin, and joy unspeakable in this life and in the one to come!