Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6)
When I was in the fourth grade, my family decided to join a little Baptist church in Texas, after a friend had invited me. As we walked down the aisle to become members, I took the pastor by the hand and said, “I’d like to join this church.” He looked back at me and asked me a simple question, “Do you believe in Jesus?” I said, “Yes sir.” Actually, I couldn’t remember a time when I hadn’t believed in Jesus. So, I signed a card and joined the church that day.
As I continued to attend this church, I began to learn how to share my faith, which is something I had never been taught before. I couldn’t wait to try it out, because I thought something was missing. I didn’t know what it was, but I sensed there was a hole in my heart. One day when I was at school, I cornered one of my friends and began to share the Gospel with him. I asked him, “Has there been a one-time experience in your life when you have turned from sin and placed your faith in Christ?” He looked at me and said, “No. Have you?”
As my mouth dropped, I had to be honest with him, and I said, “No, I never have, either.” It was as if the Spirit of God was using the very Word of God to reveal to me, even as I shared with my friend, that I was inviting him to do something I had never done.
What is my point? It is one thing to have a mental, academic, and intellectual understanding of who God is, who Jesus is, and what He has done for us. It is another thing entirely to fully place your faith in Him and surrender your life to follow Him. My question to you is this: Has there been a time in your life when you have not only had a knowledge of Jesus, but you have committed your life to Him, so that you could have a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father? If not, I pray that today would be the day you would go from just knowing about Jesus to trusting Jesus with your eternity.