|Sardis Methodist Church ~ the first church I attended as a child|
Recently I read a chapter from a famous memoir—I won’t mention which one. The author writes about his childhood experiences as a church-going. Eventually, he stopped going completely because he never felt the excitement and peace that others exhibited. He wrote that he never felt “saved”.
This scenario has stayed on my mind. I’ve wanted to write something for you about this, but struggled with how to write it without sounding “preachy” or superficial. I know I’m not a preacher; I just read and study my Bible. But please bear with me because I will not have peace until I write about this.
This story saddened and disturbed me because apparently intellectually this person believed in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a silent observer. Our churches are full of silent observers. I dare say, countless people sit silently observing in church services and never feel “saved”, never quite get what all the excitement is about.
I want to make two crucial points which I think of as first steps toward God.
Our emotions have no effect on the reality of God.
Our feelings have no effect on His sovereignty.
Whether I have the faith to move mountains, or I’m as weak as a newborn,
Whether I’m full of joy, or in the throes of sorrow,
God is God; He is still the Great I Am.
We cannot let our emotions (our temperaments, our history/baggage) be a barrier to coming to Christ and accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior.
God’s sovereignty requires a personal response from each of us.
It is our individual responsibility to actively respond to God’s word and His offer of salvation.
So, I say, grab hold to Christ’s offer of salvation. If you believe it, confess it with your mouth. Ask God to soften your heart and enlighten your mind. He will and you will be on the way with Him by your side and in your heart. Please follow the link and read what the Apostle Paul had to say in Romans 10: 8-10.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
I leave you with Jesus’ words as recorded by Mark:
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15
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