I heard the news. Two people recently made a life-changing decision. That decision. To follow Christ. To turn their back on their sins. To turn their back on themselves. To turn their back on their old thoughts. Desires. Ambitions. To place their faith, hope and trust in the God who created them.
They humbled themselves and bowed to the only God of the universe. They bowed to their will. Their ways. They have turned themselves over to the one true God. They have submitted their lives to God.
Their slate of sin has been erased. Wiped clean. Any wrong they have done has been removed as far from God as the sea is from the heavens. Those sins have been forgotten by God. Oh. He’s that good. Salvation is that good.
I imagine the peace these two people now feel. The burden of sin they carried has been crushed by the weight of the cross that Jesus carried. The charred blackness of their hearts has been made white as snow. The weight on their shoulders has been removed.
Once they walked away from their sins, they walked through an open door straight to a new best friend. God Almighty. Now they have the opportunity to build a strong, close relationship with their Maker. They are now learning how much God is on their side. The one they once shunned is now the center of their life. I pray they will continue to build that relationship with him. He is fighting for them. He is working for them. He loves them.
They will learn that they still have free will. Oh. They can choose to sin. There will be times of temptation. Every day when they wake up, they will have to choose. Will they follow God? Will they follow their own will? I pray that as the sun rises each day, they choose God.
There is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. Luke 15:8
There have been many prayers sent up to heaven for these souls. There have been tears. Pleas to God. Please save our loved one. Oh. God was willing. He’s always willing and waiting. The decision is in the hearts of each of us. Will we give our lives to God or will we selfishly hold on to our will and our ways? We each have a choice.
This news fills me with joy. It reminds me that God is still bigger and better than all our worries and problems. It tells me that God is still working in the hearts of men and women. Teenagers and children. God is not dead. God is not done. He is holding out on sending his son, Jesus, back to earth. Just for this reason. He wants all of us to be saved. He wants everyone who is ever born to join him in heaven. But we can only do that if we repent of our sins. If we turn our lives over to him and let him guide us.
Some may think God is not relevant today. Some may believe God is dead. Or that he never existed. Some people think that being good is good enough. The fact that two more people have made the decision to follow God tells me God is very much alive. God is still waiting for those who are not yet his followers. God is still working in the hearts of those who need him. God is a very patient God. God is still in the saving business.
Angels in heaven rejoice when a sinner on earth makes the decision to become a Christian. Heaven throws a party to celebrate new believers. Has there been a heavenly party for you? If no, it’s not too late.