“Sir, I know everything. I grew up in a Christian family. I know everything about Jesus Christ, but all I feel is emptiness, and as if all this is not real.”
A young journalist had come forward for salvation at a Billy Graham crusade in Germany. I was the counselor designated to pray with him. What was I supposed to say to him? His faith in Jesus Christ was not working! Suddenly, I was reminded of my personal breakthrough at age 15. I had been exactly where this journalist was today.
The problem that many young people from Christian families have is that they want to get the benefits of the Gospel, without being willing to pay the price for it. We want salvation as a “ticket to heaven,” not understanding that it means total surrender to God!
I looked the journalist straight in the eye and said, “If you surrender everything to God today, HE will answer and you will have the breakthrough!”
It was a difficult decision for him, because it meant giving up a non-Christian girl he was dating.
As we prayed together, the power of God fell. He stopped and looked at me. “It has happened! Now I know that I am saved and that God is real!” The joy that radiated from his face kept on shining during the rest of the evening. He later published an article of how he found Christ.
Have you unconditionally surrendered everything to Christ?
Salvation is free, but it costs full surrender to follow Christ!
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God … put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:17, 24)