Summary: Some time it takes a real wake up call to bring people to Jesus.
“What Will It Take to Bring You To Jesus?” 3/7/08
Sometimes it takes a real wake up call to get a persons attention, listen as I read today’s text as we read God talking to Israel.
Deuteronomy 30: 15-18 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land,---
We read here of Gods admonition to His people to do right, 2 Peter 3:9 not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
He wants to save every body but people will have to be saved the bible way, its not like stopping off at the local hamburger shop and picking up a burger, people must be sincere and see their need and want to be saved.
But the sad fact is that most folks wait until it’s to late, or that it takes some sort of tragedy to get their attention.
Let me give you an example as to what happened to me.
As we think on our lives, we can all understand that we all have family members and we’ve grown accustom to all of them being there at home or at least we know where their at.
It seems we have the idea that they’ll always be there when we want to see them are be near them, but suddenly one of our dearest family members are taken from us by some kind of unexpected happening and it makes us stop and realize that their gone from our presents and this causes us to stop what ever we might have been accustom to doing and makes us want to change the direction our lives were going.
Some folks might say, why would God allow this to happen? and others might say that God don’t work that way, well let me assure you that He does.
Twenty four years ago our 16 year old son was killed in a car wreck along with two more young boys, at that time I was not living for the Lord, in fact I was a very sinful person, I never went to church,* I was running with the wrong crowd and caused much heart ache and pain to the people that loved me the most.
I’m ashamed of the way that I lived back then and wish I could cause them years to go away but I can’t.
These three young boys were killed on a Friday night. our son was not the driver, he was in the back seat.
But as I look back on it all now I can see the hand of God in it all, although I didn’t know it at that time.
The very next Sunday morning after the funeral, when I woke up, I said to my wife,” I BELIEVE I’ll GO TO CHURCH, AND SHE BEING THE PRECIOUS WIFE SHE ALWAYS HAS BEEN DIDN’T SAY A WORD BUT STARTED GETTING READY FOR CHURCH.
We went to the Pendleton St Baptist church of Easley S.C. where she and both my boys’ were saved and baptized earlier in life.
You may have heard of the drawing power of the Holy Ghost before, we’ll I can tell you first hand what it feels like.
Jesus said in John 6: 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
I went forward that morning and made things right with God, I didn’t know how to pray and I didn’t know what to say, I do remember asking God to forgive me of my sins and help me be a better Christian. I was saved when I was a youngster at a Pentecostal church; my Grand Pa Wright took me with him one Sunday morning.
And it so happened that they were having a baptism that night at the Pendleton St Baptist church, I made things right with God that morning and was baptist that night although I must admit that I really didn’t understand all that baptism meant at that time.
Rom.6: 3-6 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: -in other words, when we’re put under the water it is a picture of us being buried, dead to sin, with Him, and when we’re raised up from under the water, that is a picture of us being resurrected in a new spiritual life with Him.- that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, -we we’re immersed in the water, as being buried – dead to sin--we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: