A Conversion Conversation
by Noah Hefley
October 12, 2019
I want to share with you today some personal words from A.W. Tozer, one of my favorite devotional writers, on his conversion experience:
I preach Christ, the Savior—that is my calling! I am positive about the validity, the reality, and the value of genuine Christian experience. We can talk to Jesus just as we talk to our other friends. As a boy, I was not a Christian. I did not have the privilege of growing up in a home where Christ was known and loved. (Later) God spoke to me through a street preacher who quoted the words of Jesus, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That invitation let me know that Jesus is still calling, “Come now!” I went home and… there in earnest prayer, I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ. My feet had taken me home and there in earnest prayer, I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ. But it was my heart that went to Jesus! Within my heart I consented to go to Jesus. I have been a Christian ever since that moment.
I never tire of hearing someone share the moment they found Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. Also, I enjoy the privilege I have as pastor so often to hear someone invite Jesus into their life in private conversation. It is a great joy to be a witness to the beginning of a new life.
Several hundred (or more) read this blog every week and for that I am grateful. In this weekly writing, I try to say something to inspire and encourage, usually in keeping with my sermon from the previous Sunday—(I call it Lagniappe, a Cajun term meaning something extra). But today I write this to ask you to invite Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior. If you have never done this before, I hope you will do this today. It is the greatest prayer you can ever utter and the greatest experience you will ever encounter. Simply admit you are a sinner, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. The Bible promises, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
There’s no better way to start a new day than with a new life. I hope you will trust Him today. If you already know Jesus as Lord and Savior, then it’s a good time to bow your head and thank the Lord for His wonderful salvation and for the powerful privilege to know Him personally. This we can pray in the sweet Name of Jesus. And all God’s people said, AMEN!!!
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