Open My Eyes Lord
When we are born into the world we may have physical sight, but, we are born spiritually blind. Until we are born again we cannot see the Kingdom of God neither can we enter it.
How then can we be born again?
We are born again when by the Grace of God, we fall in love with Jesus Christ and believe in Him for our salvation. In simple terms this means we come to realise that we are so far from God that only God himself can redeem us.
All attempts by human means ends in absolutely nothing accomplished.
God is the one who accomplishes it. Because He loves us.
Jesus is Emanuel - God with us. Through Jesus, his sacrifice and the shedding of his blood, we may now enter into the very throne-room of God.
Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. Jesus the Son of Man, becomes the second and last Adam who perfectly fulfils the demands of the Law. It is through Christ Jesus that we are born again and through him we enter into a new, living and intimate relationship of love with God. We are through Jesus reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is something only God can do and until we allow His love to transform us we will remain self centred and hiding from God. Once we are born again we are Baptised, (which in Greek means being immersed or saturated or drowned) into Christ, we have the breath of God breathed into us (the Holy Spirit) and we become a new creation and a child of God.
Now all this may sound very complex. But it isn't.
God has made a way home to Him that is both simple and yet profound. It relies upon Him alone and cannot be added to nor altered in any way by ourselves.
His way is Perfect. The Way is not by a self centred occupation, but through a Christ Centred reality. The truth is not found in the world of academia or in our cleverness, but in the person and mind of Christ. The Life which really matters is lived not by power or by might but by the Spirit, whom Jesus gives to all who believe. It is the life of love.
So how do you become a Child of God? How do you become a new creation? How do you become a Christian?
The Scriptures tell us to Believe and be Baptised.
Baptism in water is a sacrament, a sign of our faith in Christ. Baptism shows we are immersed into God and is a sign of death. It is a sign of our sharing in the death of Christ, so we die and as Christ is risen, so we too are born again into the new life of His resurrection. Once we believe we are instructed to be baptised!
Lets put it in simple terms:
Put your faith in Jesus Christ.
(The word Christ is from the Greek word Christos and means Anointed. The Hebrew word is Messiah. The name 'Jesus' comes from the Hebrew Yeshua and has a root meaning 'Salvation'. He is the Saviour or the one who saves! He saves us because He loves us). We cannot save ourselves!
Trust Him. Believe and be baptised.
Some church fellowships baptise baby's. Of course the baby has no capacity for belief as too young, but their parents have and can choose life for them. An infant can't feed itself, but the parents can feed them. An infant can't clothe itself, but the parents can. So too when a child is born into a Christian family, the parent can for their child choose that they too are to be spiritually nourished and clothed in the robe of salvation until that day when they are of an age when of their own volition may say, 'I believe'.
Jesus said, "suffer the little children to come unto me".
So you too. as a child of your heavenly Father, don't be put off from going to Him. If you were Christened/Baptised as an infant, thank God, all you need do now is believe and leave the rest to God. You may want to confirm your faith either by a rite of Confirmation as the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches do, or you may want to be baptised by full immersion as an adult? You do have a choice, so choose as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Baptism is an outward sign commended to us by God. The first letter of Peter chapter three speaks of water baptism, "In the Ark, a few persons, eight in all, were brought safely through the water. Water here stands for baptism, Baptism is not the removal of dirt from the body, but a promise made to God with a clear conscience. It saves you now through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
So, Believe and Be baptised. Put your trust in God.
You need to fellowship with believers. You cannot remain apart from other Christians. It is essential that you meet together with other believers, so you and they will be built up and encouraged. Be loved and love. Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you".
Jesus said, where two or three are gathered together, he would be there with them in a special way. Attend a fellowship or church community and partake in meeting together. Most church communions/fellowships have home groups, join one and join a bible study group if possible. (Start one if none available!)
Take time out to pray. You don't need lots of words or special phrases. Be real before God. Open up your heart to Him and take time out to listen to His voice. He does speak! When you get attuned to His voice you will know and love His presence and in His presence you will find love, peace and strength for your daily walk. Learn how to soak in His presence. Just find a quiet place and either listen to some worshipful music or rest in silence, allowing God to speak to you.
Is there a perfect 'church communion' or fellowship?
Don't ever think that the grass is greener over there... Although there are numerous fellowships and church communions, remember that there is only One Church! All who are in Christ belong to Him and they are Church, Sisters and Brothers in Christ. We don't all do the same things. We don't all sing the same songs or meet in the same way with the same words. What we do have is the same Lord and the same Spirit has been given to every born again child of God, who is now a new creation in Christ Jesus. So remember, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all".
Don't look for kicks! Look for God! Don't just go to a church building or fellowship because it entertains you or because you think the others are boring. Try to listen to the Spirit and follow His lead. Sadly you will find some churches/fellowships who have all the outer form of religion but have little life in the Spirit. Others may have an exuberance but little awe of the holiness of God. We are not perfect. Remember that the speck we see in our brothers eye is often only a reflection of the plank in our own. In Church people will be at different points on the road they share with you. Remember God loves you where you are so you don't need to strive or compare yourself against another!
Leave your past to God's mercy; the future to His providence; Now, today rejoice and be thankful, for this is the day that the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it!
Almighty God and Father, I come to you through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, desiring to walk always in the light of your presence. I want to be a Christian, a true follower of Jesus the Messiah. Search me Lord and help me to open up all those closed and dark areas of my life, which I have hidden from you, to the cleansing of your Word. Wash me in your blood and through the living water of your Word and Spirit and I will be clean; May your Holy Spirit fill me, that I may now enter into your presence with joy, overflowing with praise from a thankful heart. Father may I receive your love and live in it always. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit; You who are One God, forever and ever. Amen