For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:15, 16 (KJV)
What do we mean when we say that someone is under conviction? We mean that the person is having strong feelings about getting right with God, but is having trouble doing so. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Can you or I do that in the heart of a person? The answer is no. Only by the power of God’s Spirit can a lost person be convicted of sin. The Holy Spirit does the work of convicting the heart of the sinner and making us aware of our need for salvation.
The lost sinner comes to faith in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit is convinced that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus Christ has granted us free access to God Almighty. We can now approach the Lord and have fellowship and communion with Him.
The Scripture shows us that when the Israelites worshipped God that they had to do so at a distance. Only the priest could approach God on behalf of the people. Jesus Christ has become our high priest who offered Himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. Because of Jesus we no longer have to worship God from a distance, but we can come in close and have fellowship with Him. People who have never trusted the Lord will sometimes say that they have never experienced anything like that before. My response is, “You don’t know what you are missing.”
As followers of Christ we are to always be about the work of witnessing, sharing, preaching, and teaching people that Jesus is the Son of God and the way of salvation. The Holy Spirit will do the work of convicting and convincing them. Reach out in Jesus name, for some troubled soul needs to hear the good news about Christ’s love today.