Finishing on the Podium

There is good news!  God wants us to finish well!  His desire is for all of us to finish on the podium! In other words, to enter into a relationship with him now and to spend eternity with him in Heaven.  So how do we do it?  We must first turn from our rule breaking ways.  We must be willing to make a U-turn, to change our direction.  The Bible calls this repentance.  Jesus said, “but unless you repent, you too will all perish (Lk 13:3).” However, we can’t just decide to make ourselves better, no matter what any self-help guru might say.  Remember our habitual sin problem?  We must turn to someone for help, we have to trust Jesus.  Trust in who he is, what he has done, and what he will do.  Trust him with our very lives.  The Bible says, “believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved (Ac 16:31).”  God has promised us, ‘that if you confess (that means “agree”) with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Ro 10:9).’

Finally, it has to be personal, it’s just between you and Jesus.  This is not some gimmick,, magic formula, or scientific equation.  This is an invitation, and yes, a command, from the Creator of the universe to fulfill our purpose for being.  This is about a real love relationship that will secure us forever as part of God’s very own family.  “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (Jn 1:12).”

There is only one way to finish well, we must receive (acknowledge, believe, commit our lives to) Jesus Christ as both our Savior and our Lord (the boss and head coach).  When we look at the choice before us, there are really only three options.  We can receive him and choose life, we can reject him and choose death, or we can commit ourselves to digging deeper and investigating the claims of Christ further.  There is no such thing as a neutral response.

Simply talk to Jesus, just like you would someone sitting next to you.  That’s all prayer is, a conversation.  You don’t have to know any special church words and phrases.  Simply tell him what you believe.  Admit that you have sinned and that you are powerless to stop or save yourself.  Ask Jesus for his forgiveness and thank him for the sacrifice he made on your behalf.  Proclaim your desire to give your self to him in every facet of your life and invite him to live inside you by his Spirit.

No magic words, no specially formulated prayers, just you being honest with God.  He already knows everything there is to know about us.  There are no secrets, so simply pour it out to him. (Still not sure where to start? Perhaps try something like THIS…)

If you have truly turned your life over to Jesus, you can be assured that you are now officially a part of God’s family!  Remember, it’s not any special prayer that saves us, it’s faith in Jesus.  As a child of God, upon entering his family you receive the special gift of the Holy Spirit, who will live inside of you.  No longer slaves to our rule breaking ways, we can finally be free to live the lives God has called us to!  So what’s next!?!?! CONTINUE