What holds some individuals from crossing over to following Christ? There may be many reasons but for me I believe it was fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of not being in control or the fear of change.
For me it was never a question of believing. I hear it everyday from people. They believe but go about with their lives not really concerning themselves that believing is not enough. I look at these individuals and realize that that was me not so long ago. I believed but I was not doing God's will with my life.
It took God's hand on my shoulder and firmly bringing me to my knees and gently breaking me before I realized that I needed Him and had to do things His way. I thought for so long that I could handle things all on my own. I thought I knew what was best for me but I can not tell you the freedom one receives once you repent and surrender yourself to him. There is never a day in any man's life but that he is dependent upon the grace of God for power and the blood of Jesus for cleansing.
I know my friends have noticed the change in me. Some of them are comfortable with it and ask questions and many have begun to attend church again and others I sense are uncomfortable with the change. However, I use every opportunity to discuss Christ with them no matter what. I just hope that those individuals that are like I once was will have the courage to step over the fear and take the chance they will never regret.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24