The Real Thing

Matthew 3:8-9 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee God’s coming judgment? Prove by the way you live that you have really turned from your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say, ‘We’re safe—we’re the descendants of Abraham.’ That proves nothing. God can change these stones here into children of Abraham.

My mother, at the age of 13, made a profession of faith in a little church a few blocks from where she lived. She heard a sermon on not going to hell, and she knew she certainly didn’t want to go to hell. Her “salvation” was based on fear of burning. She felt she had purchased her fire insurance.

For 25 years she lived under that assumption that she was a Christian because she had made the required profession of faith and been baptized. Mom raised my brother and me in church and my Father went with us also. All of our family basically had this same kind of mind set. “Of doing good so we wouldn’t go to hell“.

Mother became active in her church, played the piano and taught Sunday School, but she realized that it was all something she felt she “should” do but there was no joy in it. Throughout that 25 yrs she began to think there was more to this life than just, “to go or not to go to hell“. It wasn’t until March 3rd 1980, that she met Jesus face to face and realized that she didn’t know him as her Lord and Savior.

Mother realized her salvation was based on an idea, rather than the person of Jesus Christ. So at the age of 38 during a Discipleship Seminar the truth of her lack of a relationship with Jesus was brought to her understanding. She realized that she’d lived her life on a profession, rather than a confession of Christ.

A confession is something that we have spoken with our mouth that comes from our heart causing our lives to change; profession is merely something that is said from our mouth, not from the heart, that causes us to change our lives.

Three days later, I called her and in the conversation I remarked that her voice sounded different. I wondered what had brought about such change in her. She told me of meeting Jesus for the first time. He had become a reality to her that He’d never been before. She later came to visit with me where I lived and talked to me about trusting in Jesus, but I wasn’t ready; although the change in her life made an impact on mine.

I have heard other testimonies of those who have gone to church all their lives and never had a true life changing experience, until the fog cleared and the truth was made known. John 8:31-35a says it perfectly: Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone on earth. What do you mean, ‘set free’?”
Jesus replied, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free

Lord Jesus I thank you that you have made yourself known to me. I thank you that you have drawn me to You and that You have hidden my life in Yours. You are my light and my salvation. Thank you for setting me free!!!!

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