I struggle as I write this, for it's my most important post ever and I so want to get it exactly right. It's the most wonderful message in the whole world. It's not my message; it's God's. It's the fact upon which all of my life revolves. The cornerstone. My blessed hope.
I am redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb! Saved and on my way to heaven. Not a doubt. Not a fear. Sealed and settled forever! The source of all of my joy.
There was once a day in my life as a child when I came to understand this wonderful truth. I was eleven. I learned that the Bible had some things for me to understand. Truths that God wanted me to know. And I wanted to know!
I learned that I was a sinner. This I already knew. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23). Sometimes I was busy telling my mom off in my heart while I was 'yes, Ma'am'ing and obeying on the outside. Barbara is a sinner. Got it. And I was sorry for my sin.
The next thing was scary. "For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23). Wowsers! Separated from God. In God there is no sin. My sin kept me from Him. And heaven. And no good thing that I could do could make things right. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us..." (Titus 3:5)
But then, the good news! The gospel. God's plan for me. Jesus loves me, this I know! For the Bible tells me so! There is a penalty for sin, and it must be paid. But nothing I could do was enough to fix this. Only what Jesus did on the cross was good enough. He bled and died for me. He paid the price with His own life. God Himself was my sacrifice. He died for me!
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13). "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31)
Everything from Him. Nothing from me. And with all of my heart I believed. I trusted Him that day. I trusted Him to forgive me. I trusted Him to save me. I trusted Him to take me to heaven some day.
And now when God sees me, He no longer sees my sin. He just sees this girl that He loves, washed whiter than snow by the precious blood of His Son. He's forgotten all about my sin. He just sees Jesus in me. Nothing that I did. Nothing that I bring. And so, I ask you. Is it any wonder that I love Him, when you consider all He's done for me?
And now I wonder, how about you? I pray that some reading this would see it all clearly for the very first time. Believe the Bible. Understand that God has a plan and purpose for you. And then trust Him like I did. Prayer is just talking to God. Tell Him that you are a sinner and need Him to save you. Trust Him with your whole heart. He will receive you if you believe.
Get in touch with me through my 'Contacts' page. I would love to show you God's answers to your questions or pray with you if you need help. Or just tell me that you trusted Christ like I did. I can't tell you how happy I'd be! :)