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The Question "Would You Like to Ask Jesus to Come

The Question "Would You Like to Ask Jesus to Come

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The question "Would you like to ask Jesus to come into your heart?" is a magicalcombination of words, which - regardless of whether the one being asked the questionunderstands the meaning of it or not - will determine (by the corresponding reply to it)where the addressee will spend eternity - or at least some part of it. Those who arechildren of God - ordained & chosen to be thus before the foundations of the world - willinvariably respond "yes" to this question when asked, even if for no apparent consciousreason, even in the absence of any sense that it might make to them.Those whose response will be "no," will always reveal by the course of their actions,behavior and whole being in the years to follow, that they have chosen another path, notthe heavenly. Some people are given repeated chances to reply to this probably mostfateful of all questions, and if they hadn't chosen to say "yes," and pray to receive Jesusas their Savior the first time around, they might do so the second, third or final time.Some have even answered "yes" repeatedly & "done it" a few times, perhaps just to beon the safe side, or simply because they didn't think much of it the first time around.Sometimes the result isn't any visible change, and there are people who will doubtwhether such a person has been genuinely saved. While I personally am inclined tobelieve that anyone is saved "who confesses with their mouth the Lord Jesus andbelieves in their heart" (Rom.10:9,10) in the original sense of the word "believing" as"drinking in, receiving" (see also John 1:12), even if only for that one brief moment intheir life, some may argue about this. But it seems to be undeniably clear that those whoreject the offer to receive Jesus will always prove by their lives that in choosing not toreceive Christ, they have chosen the other side.When I was asked "Would you like to pray with us to receive Jesus in your heart" (the2nd time around), those words didn't make any sense to me, but something inside memade me say "yes," for no explicable reason, other than that my heart knew that Iwanted to become a child of God, and must somehow have been one already.Those who asked me, joyfully responded, "Oh, would you like to pray for Jesus to comeinto your heart right now?" And I did. Sometimes, ever since that day in 1976 (I was 13then) I fell back into ungodly behavior, and it was definitely not as if all my problemswere solved on that day or I had suddenly become perfect. But ever since then, everyfall & every mistake I made seems to have been a fall upward, one step closer towardthe Throne of God's Grace. A short while later, my sister Barbara also prayed the sameprayer, and although it seemed to have some immediate effect on her, negativeexperiences that followed in her life later (and the choices she made accordingly), didn'tallow her to continue to cherish the joy of her Salvation, and she eventually turned intowhat I would call a "mental unbeliever." She doesn't allow her mind to believe in Godbecause she cannot explain some of the experiences she's had - but she's basicallywhat you might call a "good" person.A few years later my half-sister, Ariane was born, and although her mother believed inGod, Ariane seemed to be cut of a different type of wood. When my eldest daughter wasaround 4 or 5 years old, she asked Ariane (who was still a child of about 10 back then)whether she would like to pray to receive Jesus in her heart, Ariane's reply was a verydetermined, almost disgusted "NO!" It was obvious she didn't want to. As the years wentby, she has proven by her actions and her entire vile being & anti-social behavior, onwhich side she was standing all along; and while there is still hope that she might yet getsaved, at the point in time I am writing this, it is obvious that she has not yet chosen tobecome a child of God, & one would almost be surprised to see her change her mind.Some people believe that a visible change & "metanoya" has to take place beforesomeone gets saved. I personally believe in John 1:12, "As many as received Him

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