Entering a Relationship
As mentioned earlier, students nowadays are simultaneously bombarded with information, and skeptical of other’s motives. You have just introduced them to several concepts that may be new to them. Certainly those concepts are thought provoking, and hopefully compelling. It is crucial that they understand the vocabulary used so far, as you are about to tie it all together for them.
Remember that the Gospel is all about entering into a relationship with the Living God. It is not merely a set of principles requiring intellectual assent. Emphasize to them that it is about a relationship with God, not about more rules to follow.
Share with them again John 1:12 – “As many as received him, to those who believe in his name, to them he gave the right to become children of God.” Ask them to remember the example you gave earlier of the $1,000,000. Ask them how they receive that gift. You will be surprised by how few people answer, ‘Just take it.’ That is in fact how we receive a gift – we take it. It seems too easy.
Review with them that grace puts the unmerited gift on the table; they have faith and believe that it is real money that will purchase things; their works did not earn that money; and that if they want that gift, they need to take it! Ask them what they have if they see the gift, believe that it is real, but then leave without receiving it. What do they have? Nothing! So it is with Christ. Many see and even believe, but not all receive, and so they have nothing.
Share also Revelation 3:20 – “Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him.” Ask them what ‘door’ is being referred to. Of course it is the door to their life. Ask them what, according to this passage, they must do to have Christ come in to their life. Simply put, they must ‘open the door’ to him, or ask him to come in.
Now ask them if they have any questions about anything you’ve talked about so far. Ask if anything isn’t clear, or if anything stands out to them. Make sure they are in full understanding.
Then, once you are ready to continue, ask them if they are ready to open the door in their life and receive Christ’s free gift of eternal life. Ask if they are ready to begin a life of relationship with God.
If their answer is ‘no’, politely ask why that is. Maybe they have a misunderstanding still to be cleared up, or maybe they just don’t want to or aren’t ready yet. Respect their decision, and let them know that you are always ready to talk more if they’d like to.
If their answer is ‘yes’, then have them pray with you. Explain that prayer is simply talking with God. Lead them in such a manner that they use their own words. Prompt them along the way; first, have them confess they are sinful and in need of a savior; then have them thank God for sending His son; then have them express desire for Jesus to come into their life, forgive them, and lead them; and finally, have them thank God for giving them eternal life and allowing them to have a relationship with Him.
At this point, congratulate them on their decision! Affirm to them that Christ has in fact come in to them, if they meant what they said, even if they don’t feel anything. Immediately show them Hebrews 13:5 – “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”. Jesus promises us that he is with us always, even if we don’t feel it.
How did you feel after you gave your life to Christ? How can this serve to help others understand their feelings after they invite Christ into their lives?