The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

While I have shared many joyous occasions with family and friends, what matters most to me is that I share with you the most joyous occassion with my Best Friend.  It truly is the best thing that ever happened to me…

I am, what you could call, a second generation Christian.  No, I am not saved because my parents are saved. But praise the Lord, they ARE saved.  And it’s because they are saved that I was exposed to the gospel at such a young age.  MY story begins with their story.  I praise the Lord that my parents were saved sooner rather than later because immediately they began to search God’s Word for how to raise their children, (my twin brother and I at the time).  We were exposed to what God’s Word was and taught to read it and to obey it.  At the time I didn’t understand just how important that was.  As I reached the age of understanding, I also reached the age of “knowing I am a good girl”.  I was most certainly a people pleaser, thinking that I had all my bases covered by “talking the talk”. I made several false professions, knowing in my heart that my reasoning was wrong.  I did all the “right” things: memorized scripture, obeyed my parents, read my Bible.  But what I was missing was the conviction that I WAS a sinner and that I needed to repent and trust the Lord as my Saviour.  My rejection was not for lack of teaching.  I was surrounded by Biblical teaching of salvation and even had all of the verses memorized!  This made it very easy when I came to the realization that I truly was lost and on my way to hell.

I was 12 years old when that day came for me.  The Lord had been working on my heart for some time and showing me constantly that I wasn’t saved.  But did I listen?  My rebellious heart said “No. You are saved.”  But I learned that I needed to stop listening to myself and listen to the Lord.  I realized that that day could be the LAST day that the Lord convicted me before he stopped forever.  I decided then and there, Sunday evening in the middle of the preaching, that I would not wait another second.  I bowed my head, and received Christ as my Lord and Saviour!  I did not need someone to show me scriptures, for they were all repeating in my head as I accepted Christ. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Chris died for us.”  Ok Lord. I’m a sinner and I KNOW you died for me! I know that you love me.   2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Repentance is more than just believing that God exists. It is repenting of your sins, which is a change of mind that results in a change of direction. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Lord, you said you will forgive me!

Based on the promises of God, I knew immediately that I was then His child.  My heart rejoiced as I experienced a peace I had never felt before.  The knowledge that I could now have a relationship with the one who created me and gave his life for me.  What a privilege!  A privilege I don’t deserve.  That just shows how much He loves me.  My relationship with Him did not stop at salvation. NO!  He is constantly showing me things through His Word: How I can be a better servant, how I can be more like him.  No, I am not perfect. Far from it!  But by God’s grace I AM able to tell others what He has done for me, how he’s changed my life.

If this is something you have yet to experience, I encourage you to search God’s Word for answers to your questions.  http://www.elifestudies.org/ is also a good source.  Don’t wait another day, for this could be your last chance. Don’t wait…

3 Comments on “The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me”

Leave a Reply