Posted by: glorifyhim1 | August 30, 2017

Saying Yes to Jesus

Saying Yes to Jesus

 

As we grow older, my husband and I seem to be receiving more and more mail encouraging us to think about ways we can leave a legacy for future generations. Unfortunately, we are not wealthy, nor do we have possessions of great value. While it would be great to leave such a legacy that could help others long after we both are gone, we realize that it is highly unlikely that we could do so. In much the same way, we would would love to leave a nice inheritance to each of our children and grandchildren. But what if we aren’t able to do so? What kind of legacy could we leave behind?

 

Perhaps our legacy could be something we have taught them, memories of special times we have enjoyed together, the laughter we have shared, and sometimes even the tears we shed. Just maybe, the life we have lived together, can in some mysterious way be a legacy that can continue to encourage them in the hard times, help them when they need direction, and even provoke laughter as they remember something we said or did. If this could be our legacy, then what about our life would I want them to remember most of all?

 

Without a doubt, most of all, I want our children and grandchildren to remember that we said yes to Jesus. Why is this so important to me? Jesus, Himself, said it best: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b). That is the life that I desire for each of my children and grandchildren – abundant life in Christ Jesus. I realize that the most important decision any of us will ever make is whether we say yes or no to Jesus. Saying yes recognizes that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Saying yes affirms that Jesus is that Savior, the One who died on the cross to pay the penalty for all our sin. Saying yes surrenders all that we are to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We are no longer our own; we belong to Him. More than wealth, success, or any human achievement, I pray that my children and grandchildren will live their lives daily, saying yes to Jesus.

 

When we say yes to Jesus ….

 

  • Jesus satisfies us. He takes care of all our inner hunger and longings. He meets our deepest spiritual needs.

 

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

 

  • Jesus lights our way, gives us understanding, and shines in and through us to touch others.

 

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

 

  • Jesus ushers us into the Kingdom of God. He is the only way. He shelters us and we are secure in Him.   

 

“ I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

 

  • Jesus becomes our Shepherd. He protects, defends, and will never leave us or forsake us. He gave His very life for us!

 

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10-11).

 

  • Jesus gives us eternal life. It begins the moment we say yes to Him.

 

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26).

 

  • Jesus brings us to the Father.

 

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).

 

  • Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit to live within us, to bear fruit in our lives.

 

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

 

When we say yes to Jesus, we receive Him in all His fullness to be with us, to walk with us, and to work in us and through us. And in the process we are blessed beyond measure with His peace, His Presence, and abundant, eternal life.

 

No bequest, endowment, or gift could ever match the gift that Jesus Christ offers to everyone who will say yes to Him. I want that for my children, grandchildren, and all my family. I want that for my friends, acquaintances, for everyone I know and don’t know. Jesus loves You. He died to save you. He wants to bless you with abundant life today and forever. I plead with you – say yes to Jesus!*

 

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

(John 1:10-12)

 

*If you do not know how to say yes to Jesus, click on the link “How Can I Be Saved” on glorifyinghim.wordpress.com.

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