Let me tell you about the One who saved my life.
My story with Him started before I can even remember. I’m sure my Mom and Dad introduced me to Him even before I was born. He was with me always. He was the talk of most conversations around me, a pretty popular Guy in my world. I knew His story. I knew why He came into my life. And I knew that He loved me and everyone around me. But I continued to live my picture perfect life with Him waiting for me in the background. Blessings surrounded me – amazing parents and brothers, loving church, great school and friends, cute clothes – pretty much all a little girl could want and definitely more than what was needed. He was still around too. I attempted to accept Him and love Him when I was about 10 years old. We had some good talks, I got to know Him a little, but I didn’t really care to love Him; I didn’t care to REALLY get to know Him.
So, life went on.
I knew I was a sinner. I was born a sinner. Today, I am a sinner. At one point sin had overtaken my life. I was not in control (as much as I wanted to think I was). Sin was in control. I began to fall for the glamorous lifestyles the world put out. I started to want things that others had, so badly. I got to the point where He was so small in my life. I tried to make Him more important. But loving other things seemed easier, so that’s what I did. I fell into the trap – I’m sure most of y’all can relate. You know that trap that you were raised to avoid, to never fall into – the trap that everyone else would fall into, but you would never? Yeah……..that trap. I got so caught up in the things that gave me temporary satisfaction. I was filling my heart with things that would change, things that would only hurt me in the long run.
Then it happened. The light bulb turned on. Bells started ringing. Everything was starting to connect. He’s my only Constant?!?!! HE IS MY ONLY CONSTANT. (All caps is necessary here!)
Jesus Christ. The Son of God. Take just 20 seconds to let that sink in. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, HE is my Constant. HE is MY Life Saver. He died for me. I can’t believe He died for me. He laid down His life for me. And His Father LET Him. Not only did He let His Son die for me. He knew that was the only way my life would be saved from complete physical and spiritual death. My Heavenly Father gave His Son for me, to save me from my own selfishness and desires. He saved me so I could be free – free of the sin that had once ruled my life. He saved me so I wouldn’t have to worry; He would take care of it all. All I had to do is let Him take control. He saved me AND gave me the FREE gift of eternal life. He introduced me to a new world. A world of overwhelming grace, peace unending, hope, joy and everlasting love. And if that’s not unbelievable enough, let me tell you more. He was perfect. Jesus Christ, Man and Son of God, lived on this earth for 33 years – the same carnal, corrupt earth we live on. And He was perfect. He took ALL of my sins on His back. He washed away my sins by dying on the Cross of Calvary many years ago.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
He so gracefully died for me. Not only did He die for me, but He also granted me immediate communication with God, the Father, the Creator of this universe.
He gave me a New Life. He woke me up.
Think about the best person you know. Now, think about that person giving his/her life for you. I mean, I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself. To know that the best person I knew died for me? I would do anything and everything to live my life how they would want me to. I would want every one to know about them. I wouldn’t stop until everyone I knew grew to love this person even though they would never see them.
So today, with my new life, that’s what I want to do – live for the One who gave His life for me.
For those of you who have heard about Him, but He’s still waiting in the background, let Him take control. That one decision may be hard for you. It was hard for me to decide to give up control of my life to God. It was hard for me to admit how ugly of a life I was living. But it has been the greatest decision I have ever made. His grace has been and will forever be enough for me.
He gave me a choice. He showed me how much He loves me by dying for me and then going above and beyond by promising me an eternal life spent with Him.
For those who have never heard of Him, let today be the first day you seek the Truth. The Truth that there is a God who loves you more than you can ever imagine. Decide to live for Him. He will never disappoint, hurt, or leave you. He’s in it with you, forever. No matter where you’ve been, what roads you’ve taken and what traps you’ve fallen into – He is your Life Saver.
“For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”