Hi guys! After my good Friday posts, I received a comment asking me to share more about my faith. I had been wanting to do that for awhile now, and this gave me the little push that I needed. :-) So here's a little bit of my story...
I thought I was saved as a child (prayed the prayer, and lived the life for many years)...but it took until I was almost 30 years old to understand that my faith was not real. I lived a very "colorful" lifestyle in my 20's, with complete disregard for God. I used many things I had gone through as an excuse for sin, when the truth was...I just enjoyed sinning. I kept telling myself "oh, this isn't really me....this is just a phase...." but at some point I had to get real with myself. I had to understand that my actions and lifestyle did not reflect a person that had truly given their life to God. I was leading; God was not. My actions proved what was in my heart...and it was really ugly.
I believe that I am saved through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Not good works, not baptism, not communion...nothing I can do "adds" to the work that Christ has done (dying on the cross for our sins). If I believed faith in Christ *plus* any of those things...I would be denying that Christ's sacrifice was sufficient. It would be saying His death was not "enough."
True faith in Christ results in a complete lifestyle change. I'm not saved by good works, but they are indicative of a changed life. Your actions will prove what's in your heart.
Doron and I were sharing with the boys the other night in bed. We asked them "If you stood before God and He asked...'why should I let you into Heaven'...what would you say?" Drew answered "because I'm good." But if being a good person was enough to save someone, why was it necessary for Jesus to die?
Now that I have given my life completely to God, do I still sin? Oh my goodness yes!!! I fall on my face DAILY. I fall out of step in my walk with God by not being in the Word consistently. We do a nightly Bible study with the boys, but that's not a substitute for my personal time reading the Bible. If I say I love God, but have no time for Him...how does that show that He is important to me? I have plenty of time to take pictures and be on the computer, but not 15 minutes a day to give to Him?
If you stood before God... and He asked why He should let you into Heaven, what would you say?
I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend! ♥