Have You Given Your Heart to Jesus?
I’ve been out of church for a while. But I felt I should attend today as it’s Easter Sunday. So, I visited our local church. At the end of the sermon the pastor made an altar call for people to come forward and give their heart to Jesus. No one went up. I stood there thinking, “I gave my life to Jesus more than 14 years ago. I’ve got a relationship with Him so I’m cool. There’s no need for me to go to the altar and give my heart to Him.”
While I was convincing myself that I didn’t need to move from my spot, the pastor said, “He’s knocking at the door of your heart. Won’t you open up and welcome Him in?” I was still debating with myself. Then, suddenly my heart started pounding. I felt uncomfortable and had a strong urge to go to the altar. But I ignored the urge to move out of my space.
The woman next to me went forward. As I stood there, my heart began to beat faster and my whole body felt uneasy. After a few seconds, I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew I should go up to the altar. Slowly, I walked up there and stood beside my neighbour. My heart calmed down, the pounding stopped and I felt at peace.
“Thank you my sister,” said the pastor looking at me. “There is someone else here who need to come up.” Three more people came forward. He asked members of the prayer team to pray for us.
Then, I heard a voice. It said, “Welcome back to the fold.” It spoke directly to my heart. I knew it was the Holy Spirit and I also knew what it meant. It was time for me to renew my walk with God. In my case, giving my heart meant focusing on Him and reestablishing my relationship with Him.
Having a relationship with God is similar to having one with a friend. If you don’t keep in contact with them, your relationship will weaken. Eventually you’ll both drift apart. For a relationship to develop and stay strong, you must spend time with the other person you have a relationship with.
I’ve been so busy working as the features editor for a new bridal magazine and on my freelance writing business, I haven’t had time for God. So, even though my mind was thinking about God, my heart was far from Him. Therefore, my relationship with Him was in need of some serious repair. I’ve been gradually drifting away from Him.
Today was a turning point for me spiritually.
By giving your heart, you’re putting God in the driving seat of your spiritual and physical life. (Proverbs 23:26)
What does it mean to give your heart to Jesus?
- Put God first in every area of your life. Don’t let busyness control you. Otherwise, you won’t have any time for Him apart from a few quick prayer sessions here and there.
- Surrender everything to him. Give Him your life, health, finances, career, job, husband, children, family, friends, thoughts, plans and everything else. Let Him take full control.
- Allow Him to be the one who lead and guide you when you have any decisions to make. (Psalm 119:105)
- Put Him first, daily. When you wake up in the morning, before you speak to anyone, pray and dedicate the day into His hands.
- Spend quality time in His word and in His presence daily.
- Sing or listen to praise and worship songs often. If you have a mobile phone, play YouTube praise and worship playlists, or listen in on your computer.
- Attend regular bible study classes or have your own study sessions.
- Have fellowship with other believers. They will motivate you and help you grow spiritually.
- Surrender your will to Him and be obedient to His words and commands.
If you’ve been living a life apart from God, give Him your heart today. Make Him Lord of your life and restore your relationship so it’s a foundation to build a strong spiritual life. When you walk with Him, you’ll never walk alone.
Have you given your heart to Jesus? What difference did it make to your life? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.
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