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Before I met Christ, I was young, cocky, and insecure. I was religious, self-righteous, judgmental, and not sure I would go to Heaven.
I had been raised in a church and taught about God, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit. I even knew that Jesus died to save sinners. I just did not know that He died for me. I felt so guilty for having sinned, I did not believe I was worthy of His gift. I knew nothing of grace. I never realized the truth of Eph. 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
I kept trying to get to Heaven by being good. I remember coming to a crisis point one night when I was 17. I had all the trappings of high school success: academic achievement, awards, a letterman jacket, a car, a job, and money. Yet nothing could overcome my insecurity. I did not know where I stood with God. I did not understand that unless Christ was my Savior, God would judge me to eternal death.
So I violated a proscription. I put my God to a test in violation of Deut. 6:16. I committed myself to Christ, but I wanted a sign. God is merciful, however, and humorous. He gave me a sign in the form of a new girlfriend. Her idea of a date was debating Romans. We had many an argument in which I relied upon my knowledge, and she relied upon the Bible. She invariably won.
Because of her influence, I began attending a church which preached the salvation of Jesus I began to grow spiritually. I began to know Jesus.
Still, I was immature in all ways, but especially in my faith. When my girlfriend moved on, I moved away from the church fellowship. I moved away from Christ. For nine years I wandered from God. The Holy Spirit continued to work on my heart, however.
I occasionally attended Christian businessmen's luncheons. I remember studying a case where a baseball fan wanted to hoist a banner with the words "John 3:16" on it. I remember looking up John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
I remember knowing instantly the truth of that passage and feeling that I was missing something in my relationship with Christ.
Because of my casual relationship with Christ, the only time I ever thought about Jesus was during a crisis. Lord, get me out of this mess. Which was invariably followed by Thank you Lord, and then I put Him away until the next time I needed Him. Yet He was faithful to me even when I was not faithful to him. Lamentations 3:23 puts it well: The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.
Fast forward to April 1994. My wife Monica and I responded to an altar call. We both went forward. On that great day, Christ used Monica to propel me forward to recommit my life to Him. He also used me to bring her to Christ.
Monica then bought me a study Bible. I began reading nightly, often for two hours or more. Psalm 1 says it well. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
I was still growing. And I was still relying upon myself. In 1995, I had a financial crisis. The Bible has the answer, thankfully. Trust in the Lord. Matt 6:25 says For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
If you desire peace, seek His grace. If there is one message I can leave with you, it is to turn to the Lord. Let His grace save you, for nothing else can. I now know better the peace that comes from reliance upon the Lord. He is my Master. In the words of Joshua 24:15 ...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
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