By Pastor Luis Yosefus
“Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known Me?” – John 14:9
It is quite possible to think you are a “Christian” and not really know the Lord Jesus in a personal way. Many might find that hard to believe but it happens a lot. I can truthfully say that I had considered myself a “Christian” for most of my early life. As a boy I went to church regularly, prayed, learned my catechism, confessed my sins to the priest, and took the Holy Communion. But I really wasn’t saved or really knew the true Jesus of the Bible. I was practicing a religion without having a genuine relationship with God.
Calling yourself a “Christian” doesn’t automatically make you a Christian anymore than calling yourself “The President” makes you the Commander In Chief of the United States. The term “Christian” has become more of a label for social convenience sake than a true testimony that Jesus is your Messiah, the Son of the living God, that dwells in you.
Until I was “born again” spiritually and personally invited Jesus the Messiah to become my Savior and Lord, I didn’t really become a true Christian. Immediately He came to dwell in my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit and my life was transformed. I realized what I had been missing all of my life was a personal encounter with the Living God. I finally understood the words of Jesus to Nicodemus (a religious Jew and leader in his church) in John 3:1-3:
“There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. ‘Rabbi,’ he said, ‘we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Like Nicodemus, you may consider yourself religious, or even believe you are a “Christian”, but if you’re not sure that you are really spiritually born again, pray this prayer of faith and invite Jesus to become your Savior and the Lord of your life:
“Dear Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God who came to die on the cross for the penalty of my sins. I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me. I invite you today to become my Savior and the Lord of my life. I submit myself in obedience to you and ask you to take full control of me; change me into your image, and help me to be the kind of person you created me to be. Amen.”
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