I sometimes ask the incarcerated minors in my Bible study, “Is it easy to allow Jesus Christ to be Number One in your life? Is it easy to make Him your Lord?”
They’ll typically answer, “Yeah, it’s easy.”
Then I tell them this true story:
Andrew was 28-years-old when he met the Lord Jesus Christ. He wanted to give his life to Jesus but he had an unsavory lifestyle. His desire for women and his addiction to porn were pulling at him. He recognized that porn had made him mean and cruel. He knew he needed help, so he made the decision to surrender his life to Jesus. He claims it was the best decision of his life!
He began attending a Bible study and church. That’s where he met Mary, a godly young woman with a past—a former prostitute! She met Jesus Christ and exchanged her lifestyle for clean living, church and Bible study. Andrew and Mary dated for two years before they married.
“During those two years he said he did not touch her. He did not hold her hand or put his arm around her. Their first kiss was on their wedding day. Why?
“She had had men. He had had women. They both knew where touch would lead. They wanted to honor God with their lives. The ‘no touch rule’ made it easier to obey God.
“They have now been married eight years, have two small children and are serving God. They claim they are more in love now than when they first married.”
Back to the teens at the juvenile facility:
“You have heard the story. Let me ask you again: Is it easy to make Jesus Christ Lord of your life?”
This time their response was, “No.”
“You’re right. It is not easy. But is the reward worth it? Yes! God always blesses us when we are obedient.”
- Those who honor me I will honor… I Samuel 2:30.
- Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! Deuteronomy 5:29
- See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God… Deuteronomy 11:26-28
- SONG: INTO THE LIGHT – by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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