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October 20th, 2017
A while ago, I met a young lady who came to the office to talk to a pastor about baptism and communion. She was very anxious and said that she needed to get baptized ASAP and needed the Holy Spirit’s presence in her life. The first thing I did was tell her that she was precious to God and that He didn’t want her to be anxious. We prayed together and as we were talking, I realized that her understanding of God came a variety of religious viewpoints. She thought that in order to receive His love she needed to do something. I told her that God loved her right now.
I told her that in the Bible, Romans 3:23 talks about how all of us sin and fall short of the glory of God, but Romans 5:8 tells us how God sent his son, Jesus, to die for us so our sins would be forgiven. It was done out of love. It's a free gift and it was hers to receive. Other religious viewpoints say that you need to do "this" or "that" or have some requirements that need to be met in order to be loved by their god. But the one true God (Yahweh), offers us a free gift and there is nothing that we need to do to "earn" eternal life. We only need to believe.
She then asked me if everyone has the Holy Spirit in their life. I told her that, unfortunately, not everyone accepts the one true God. I said if she wanted the Holy Spirit (which is God) in her life, she needed to accept what He did for her on the cross. If she would do that, He promised that the Holy Spirit would come to help her know how to live for Him. It was her decision to make, not mine.
I believe the Holy Spirit pursues people and that He was pursuing her. I asked if she would like me to help her receive God into her life. Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” After sincerely praying to receive Jesus into her life, she was no longer anxious. She had just made the most important decision she would ever make. The best part is no one can take this gift away from her. She was happy to wait on baptism since she now understood that it is the next step in obedience to Christ, and not what saves you. It was an honor to be used by God to help someone come to Him.
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent…” (John 17:3)