Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 1:18
A freshman at Moody
presented the claims of Christ to a girl and then asked, "Would you
like to receive Christ as your Saviour?" Without any hesitation the
girl replied, "I sure would." The student was so surprised that she
blurted out, "You would?" A Christian shouldn't be surprised when
people respond if the Word of God is used, the gospel presented, one's
dependence is on the Holy Spirit and a gracious invitation given. This
is normal. This is as it should be. Many stop short and never give an
invitation. No wonder they see such few results.
The Bible is full of invitations. "Come now, and let us reason
together, saith the LORD, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow" (Isa. 1:18). Jesus cried, "Come unto me" (Matt.
11:28). The Bible ends with the great invitation, "The Spirit and the
bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And . . . let him
take of the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17).
After you explain the gospel and find the person understands, three
verses can help clinch the decision. God declares, "Him that cometh to
me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). He further states,
"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom.
10:13). A third promise is: "As many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
name" (John 1:12). After giving these verses ask, "Would you pray in
your heart with me and let God know you will receive His Son as your
Saviour and trust Him to save you right now just as He promised?" When
he answers, "Yes," either let him pray on his own, have him to pray
sentence by sentence after you as you lead, or let him pray silently.
Immediately after his prayer open the Bible and show him how believers
may have assurance of salvation.
An insurance executive told a pastor at the door of his church, "I'll
hire you any time you want a job. You're sold on your product, you
created an interest, you told how to get it and, best of all, you gave
me an opportunity to sign on the dotted line." Let's be sure we always
invite people to sign on the dotted line!