“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.”
II Peter 3:9
Not long ago our oldest son, Jesse, came to me with words I will not soon forget…
“Mommy, I have something sad to tell you.” he said.
It came in a tone that caused me to immediately stop and ask, “What is it son?”
“Well, I’m not saved.” and with those words tears rolled down his 7 year old face.
It is truly amazing that the gospel is so simple it can touch the heart of a child and fill him with the understanding of the Savior and guilt of his own sin; yet the gospel can also touch the hearts of those much older.
Late one evening my mother-in-law (Judy) who is in her seventies, called us and said, “I have something to tell you. I got saved tonight.” We were surprised, yet so very happy for her. The surprise came because she had been in church most of her life and had even taught Sunday school. She told me later of how she had struggled for a long time knowing her heart wasn’t right. When I asked her why she hadn’t told anyone she said, “I didn’t want anyone to tell me I was alright because I knew in my heart that I wasn’t. This was between the Lord and me.”
Such humility must make the Lord smile!
As we begin this new year may I ask you…
Do you know the Lord?
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?…” John 14:8-9
I wonder if Philip was surprised by this question. He had been with the Lord for a while, and now the Lord makes a comment that he doesn’t know him. It must have been something that made him step back and reevaluate. Would God’s people be surprised if He asked us that today? Is it time for us to reevaluate? Do we, who claim to follow the Lord, know Him or do we just know about Him?
My son and my mother-in-law have both heard the gospel all of their lives. They could each tell you most Bible stories in great detail, yet they needed to know him as Saviour. Each humbled themselves before Almighty God, repenting and confessing Jesus Christ. They had each in different ways reevaluated and found themselves in great need.
We recently met a man who knew a lot about the Bible. He could quote God’s Word better than many Christians and yet he didn’t know the Lord. Just because you go to church, you grew up in a Christian home, you have read the Bible, or are an American living in the Bible Belt doesn’t make you a Christian.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves.”
I Corinthians 13:5
Instead of starting this year making resolutions that you may never keep, spend time in God’s Word and examine yourself. Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? If so, get to know him more every day by reading and studying His word. If not, please don’t wait another day.