Thursday, May 11, 2017

celebrating my spiritual birthday


that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Thirty-one years ago seems like forever ago, but I can remember that day, May 10th, or at least several parts of it.  Yesterday was the anniversary, and a sweet friend reminded of the important day.  Really it took me a little time to see the gravity of this spiritual birthday.

We are sunk, lost, hopeless without the truth of Salvation as a rich and full gift directly from God.  Life, eternal life is in the balance.  My passion for living on earth is held within this grace gift from God that impacts not only me but everyone that I come across.

It as in a small room of an old funeral home turned in to our church’s youth building.  I have lots of memories in that old wood building.  My thumb was broken in that building.  Lots of my learning took place in the large meeting room.  But with Randy and Danny that morning God got my attention to take a step of faith acknowledging God’s gift of salvation.

I was 15 years old.  Several years before I had thought I was saved, but there were lots of questions and much doubt.  But after this day, May 10, 1986 those doubts faded because of the shade of His cross.

Those people that poured in to my life leading to my salvation were important.  My parents.  My youth pastor and several pastors.  My Sunday School teachers and other youth leaders.  A Bible teacher at school.  And more.  Each holds a special place in what I refer to as the spider web of what led to being saved.  And I am grateful for each.

I challenge you to think about the day when you accepted Jesus, the day Jesus became your Savior.  Celebrate that day but more than anything celebrate the Savior!

Matthew 5:16  NASB
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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