The focus grows continuously becoming more urgent to me. I’ve been in a serious time of prayer about what I should be doing next. My belief is that He has kept me alive this long because He has something specific for me to do.
The cry in my heart is for so-called “nominal” Christians. I don’t think they are any more real than “clean Christian fiction”. I’m talking about religious Christians who are active in their church, and consider it important in their life. The question is two-fold. First, in John 3: 5-7, Jesus says specifically, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which has been born of the flesh is flesh, and that which has been born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” Second, is the problem mentioned in John 10: 2-4, I am the “…shepherd of the sheep…and the sheep listen to My voice, and I call My own sheep by name and…go ahead of them, and the sheep follow Me because they know My voice.”
Born again makes you a new creation
Your life will be obviously transformed. You will recognize the changes throughout yourself, and all who know you will notice. This is no small change. Your life becomes new.
Knowing Jesus’s voice is also essential
You must be on a conversational level with Jesus. You need to be able to ask questions and get answers. You need to learn to recognize Him. That takes practice, and a lot of talk back and forth with Him. This is the reason the Lord made us (as it says in Genesis) to walk with Him and talk with Him in the cool of the day.
As we get close to leaving, this focus grows continuously
Soon, the time to make these decisions will be over. Once Jesus comes back, it’s too late. When He comes to get us, we will just suddenly be there with him in the clouds. We won’t even have seconds. More than that, if we don’t know Him we won’t even hear him. We’ll be like those poor saps in John 12:28-30, where the Lord spoke audibly, but many only thought it thundered.
If you have any ideas how we can reach these people, many of whom have never even consciously heard the Gospel, please let me know. In the modern slick, seeker-sensitive, business-model churches, these things are not usually taught. At least, I ask you to join with me in prayer.