THE FIRST THING TO REMEMBER about being saved is that salvation is a personal matter. “Seek ye the Lord.” That means every one must seek for himself. It won’t do for the parent to seek for the children; it won’t do for the children to seek for the parent. If you were sick, all the medicine that I might take wouldn’t do you any good. Salvation is a personal matter that no one else can do for you; you must attend to it yourself.
Some persons lack but one thing – open confession of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some think that they must come to Him in a certain way – that they must be stirred by emotion or something.
Some people have a deeper conviction of sin before they are converted than after they are converted. With some it is the other way. Some know when they are converted and others do not.
Some people are emotional. Some are demonstrative. Some will cry easily. Some are cold and can’t be moved to emotion. A man jumped up in a meeting and asked whether he could be saved when he hadn’t shed a tear in forty years. Even as he spoke he began to shed tears. It’s all a matter of how you’re constructed. I am vehement, and I serve God with the same vehemence that I served the devil when I went down the line.
Some of you say that in order to accept Jesus you must have different surroundings. You think you could do it better in some other place. You can be saved where you are as well as any place on earth. I say, “My watch doesn’t run. It needs new surroundings. I’ll put it in this other pocket, or I’ll put it here, or here on these flowers.” It doesn’t need new surroundings. It needs a new mainspring; and that’s what the sinner needs. You need a new heart, not a new suit.
What can I do to keep out of Hell? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
The Philippian jailer was converted. He had put the disciples into the stocks when they came to the prison, but after his conversion he stooped down and washed the blood from their stripes.