Jesus Christ waiting for an invitation
Jesus has prepared the way to his heavenly Father for us. He is willing to accompany us to the gates of the Kingdom of God. He invites everybody to find him and his Father.
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; then we can know God personally and experience His love.
Joh 1:11-14 CTNT He came to his own peculiar territories, and his own peculiar people did not receive him. (12) But to as many as received him he granted the privilege of becoming children of God, even to them who believe in his name, (13) who were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (14) Now the Word became incarnate, and dwelt as in a tent among us, and we beheld his glory; a glory as of an only begotten from the father. He was full of grace and truth.
Eph 2:8-10 CTNT For by grace you are saved by means of this belief. And even this is not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (9) It is not because of works; so that no one can boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, fitted by Christ Jesus for good works, for which God had before prepared us that we might walk therein.
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (a spirit of repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and make us what he wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he died on the wooden stake for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
Jesus Christ is waiting for an invitation to come in to your life. In fact, he says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20).
Rev 3:10-13 CTNT Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will keep thee from the hour of trial which is coming soon on the whole world, to try the inhabitants of the earth. (11) Behold I am coming quickly. Hold fast what thou hast, that none may take thy crown. (12) Him who overcometh I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, (the new Jerusalem which cometh down out of heaven from my God) and mine own new name. (13) Let him who hath an ear hear what the spirit saith to the congregations.
Rev 3:20-22 CTNT Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any one will hearken to my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me. (21) To him who overcometh I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I have overcome, and sit with my Father on his throne. (22) Let him who hath an ear hear what the spirit saith to the congregations.”
Perhaps you can sense Christ knocking at the door of your heart. You can invite him in by faith right now. God knows your heart so it doesn’t matter exactly what words you use.
Here’s a suggested prayer:
Dear God, thank you that you were willing to accept the ransom offer of your son. I do want to get to know your son who You prepared for us to bring salvation. Let me get to know this Saviour You provided. Let Your son be known to me and show me the Way to eternal life. I want to know Jesus personally and thank him for dying on the stake for my sins. I open the door of my life to Your son, oh my God, and ask You to let him come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, pray it right now and Jesus Christ will come into your life just as he has promised. Once you invite Christ into your life, he promises to never leave you.