How can I, how can anyone encourage you to serve the Lord Jesus Christ?
Shall we offer you the verses that speak of His never-ending, enduring love for you, the price that was paid for you, the debt you owed that He fulfilled completely? Shall we show you the cross and the atoning blood of the Savior of all mankind dripping off of it? Will the knowledge of the truth of His excruciating pain draw you closer to Him in your moments of pain?
“We love him, because he first loved us.” (1st John 4:19)
Is it enough to shame you? Shall we speak of those who only seek His mercies when the storm is approaching, when the sounds of war reach their ears, when the pain becomes unbearable, who cry out to the Almighty in the midst of their turmoil, and then forget to praise His Holy name on the other side of it? Who call on Him only as a last resort, and curse His precious name under their breathe when He does not answer them as they want Him to?
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Attempting to reveal His love only reaches the emotional side of a person, the true heart of faith does not rest there alone.
Shall we offer logic? Proven historical documentation that reveals the accuracy of the Scriptures? Would it cause you to praise the Almighty and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ if the ark of Noah was found? If the ark of the covenant was displayed for all to see? What of an ancient tablet found that mentioned the name of our Lord? What if one came back from the dead and said they had seen heaven? Would that be enough for you to believe and be saved?
“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31)
What if an angel appeared in front of you, appeared on your doorstep and spoke of the Living God and the wonders He has prepared for you for all eternity? Would you believe then, would that be enough for you to leave all for the glory of God, to die to self, to live every moment of the rest of your life for His glory?
Do you need to see to believe?
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
What shall it be then, the revealing of never-ending love, release from the pain of the flesh and the turmoil of the mind? A visit from one who has gone on to glory or perhaps an angel? Would you follow the Lord Jesus Christ into the fire if He appeared before you right now? Do you need Him to come and tell you personally to repent before you will do so?
What if He sent you to hell for just five minutes?
“The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
Nothing I or anyone else can say to you will convict you of your sins, nothing your eyes can see can transform your mind, nothing your heart feels can cause you to remain by the side of the Savior, forsaking all for Him. It is the Holy Spirit of God that convicts a man’s soul, and there is only one way, one door that must be opened by you that will cause Him to dwell in your soul.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Nothing I can say will convict you, but the Word of God will, if you believe it to be true, if you will open your heart and your mind and allow its truths into your soul.
He loves you, and He wants to reveal that love to you. The pain may not abate, the turmoil may not end, but you will never be alone in them ever again.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)