Two Sundays ago, I experienced something not many people will ever get to in their lifetime. It was the day I saw my 83-year-old grandmother walk to the front of our church and confess before the Lord and the congregation that she confesses Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. It is a clear example of how our Lord doesn’t give up on us, no matter our age, our past, or our present. He loves us and wants to draw us to Him.
Seeing the transformation take place in my grandmother’s life was something I will cherish for the rest of my life. The opportunity to witness to her and to share Jesus with her is something that was challenging and fulfilling, not only to my mind but to my spirit. I have prayed, since I became a Christian myself, to be given an opportunity to share my faith with someone and be able to see that person come to the saving knowledge of Christ as their Savior. I have often wondered why God hasn’t allowed me the opportunity. What I didn’t know is He did have an opportunity waiting for me, my own grandmother.
1 Peter 3 says “15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” Christ calls us to be ready to give an answer for the reason we follow Him. Not just to explain our works and our activities, but a true, heartfelt explanation as to why we call Him our Lord. That is something I have examined for myself in the past few weeks.
When people ask us why we believe, it should be an automatic response. I personally believe in Christ because I was lost in my sin. I was so lost that the world looked appealing to me. I only cared about what benefited me and aided in my happiness. Then, one day, still being the sinner I was, Christ saved me. Romans 5:8 describes it perfectly, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” What a wonderful love is that of the Father, to send His Son to die for us sinners.
If you or a loved one don’t know Christ as you Savior, read Romans 5:8 and really take time to think about what it says. God doesn’t discriminate because of your age, your past, or your mistakes. My grandmother is a prime example of that. No matter how far you may stray, and no matter how long you may wander, God’s love will always be there. No matter if you are 8 or 83, Christ’s work on the cross can apply to your life, but only if you put your trust in Him. There is only way to the Father, Jesus Christ our Savior.