Every person really desires to have a good life. Many people express different ways in which they think the “good life” is obtainable. “Let’s go back to the good old days,” “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you may die,” and many other ideas may exemplify a certain person’s idea about where a “good life” is found.

Into this picture, I would like to lift up the idea that the place where the good life is found is in Jesus Christ. It is true that He loves us, but this is not just an abstract theological statement, for He will come into our lives and cause them to be meaningful, if we really desire His presence and ask for it. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”

I heard a man give a personal testimony not long ago about hearing this scripture and then going to his room and really asking the Lord Jesus to come into his heart and into his life. He said that he did not hear any bells ring, any audible voices, etc., but he was aware of a better feeling he had in his life. Over a period of time he became aware that a real change had taken place in his life. When I heard him talking, it was easily obvious to all who were hearing him that his life was full of joy and peace and love. There is no doubt but what his positive testimony and the radiation of his life will be meaningful to many others along the pathway of life, but I call to your attention that Jesus made a difference for him.

I think many people would really like to come to Jesus, but they may feel that they are so set in their ways that it would be impossible to change them. On the day of Pentecost, the same thing apparently was true, for Peter preached to the people and he said, “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you; in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” We are told in the same 2nd chapter of Acts that about 3,000 people answered that call and came to repentance.

We often sing an invitation hymn which says, “Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bid’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.” I like this song because I believe in its simple message. I heard a friend say one day that “a fisherman never cleans his fish until after he catches them.” I believe that this is the reason God gives us the inner strength of the Holy Spirit, to help us to be the person we desire to be. When we try to be on our own what we wish to be, we invariably suffer deep frustration, turmoil, restlessness.

I believe that when we come to Jesus that we do receive the inner help of the Holy Spirit. This help is so important in our lives. I don’t think we ought to worry about who we are when we come to Jesus Christ. He is willing to take us as we are, and help us to become what we want to be. I think we do have something to worry about if we have no desire for a greater life with God.

When I started out, I was talking about a good life, and then I started talking about coming to Jesus, and that coming to Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23, the Word says, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” In Christ you do not have to live in fear, He gives faith. In Christ you do not have to be a bully, He gives goodness. In Christ you do not have to live with inner conflict and turmoil, He gives peace. In Christ you do not have to live in despair, He gives joy. In Christ you do not have to live with hatred, He gives love whatever your circumstances, plenty or poverty, He can give you those things that add life to your years. God bless you as you come to full acceptance of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in your life.

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