When I was just a young teenage girl in England, I went with my godmother and others from our church to hear evangelist Billy Graham. There were prayers, beautiful hymns and a message from Graham. I do not recall the message but have such wonderful memories of what happened next.
Graham stood in the pulpit and invited the people to come forward to receive Christ as their savior. I was bewildered watching the crowds of people leave their seats and move down the aisle toward the front. Their faces were full of emotion. Many had tears trickling down their faces. At the time I did not realize that the Holy Spirit had touched their hearts.
I was overwhelmed with everything — I felt compelled to move forward. I said nothing to my aunt. I went forward.
I remember only that I was full of joy and excitement and by then not conscious of anyone else.
When I arrived at the front I could see the people praying and worshiping God. They had joyful faces, which I now know was because the Lord had redeemed them and saved their souls. They realized that they were now members of the family of Christ.
I wondered what had happened there, and then it happened to me also — the Lord came into my heart. With all the hundreds of people he had found me, or rather I had found him.
I am so very blessed to have had the Lord in my life — always looking after me and mine, and have been blessed to have been called to serve the Lord and care for his people.
As a pastor I am aware how important it is that the time is right for the invitation for his people to come forward to dedicate or rededicate their lives to their Lord. It is such a holy moment.
Jesus said, “Behold I stand at the door and knock — if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into him and dine with him and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). How wonderful — what a plea from our Lord, and what a promise he gives us.
Don’t you think it is so very humbling of our Lord — in all his glory he says he will knock at the door of our hearts, asking to come in.
We have the wonderful assurance that in all the storms of life Jesus himself will be standing right there with us.
He is waiting to share our concerns or sorrows and waiting to renew our courage.
We are not alone, and we never will be alone. Christ is waiting.
Do you need comfort in your personal trials? Do you need forgiveness for your sins? Do you need to make a commitment to serve the Lord? He needs you. He is at the door and knocking.
Whatever your spiritual need right now, the Lord is knocking at the door of your heart right now. He is Lord of the universe, and he wants to be the Lord of your life as well. Open the door of your hearts, and let him in.
Valerie Delooze is the pastor at Madisonburg and Rebersburg United Methodist Church. Contact her at VMDelooze@yahoo.com.