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Monday, May 16, 2011

On the Q.T.

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15 (NASB)

A couple of women in a Bible study I was teaching once asked me to give my testimony thinking that perhaps God has rescued me from some great degradation. They thought sharing a dramatic conversion with the group would be a ‘wow moment.’ Actually I hesitated to answer them because I had accepted Jesus into my heart at age 6. There were no dramatic moments of redemption in my life only the whispered prayer of a child. When I expressed this to the two ladies they actually seemed disappointed. The truth of the matter is a simple and quiet conversion to Christ carries as much significance as a dramatic one.

For those of us who have had quiet conversions it speaks to me of the protection and power of Christ that kept us from the harsh recollections and consequences of destructive choices.

The holding power of Christ is ultimate and unshakable whether a person comes to Him from the sewer or from their bedside. The writer of Hebrews tells us Jesus does not change and never will (Hebrews 13:8) and that none the Father has put in His hand will be lost (John 10:27, 28). So it matters not how you come to Christ but only that He makes you the righteousness of God through Him (2nd Corinthians 5:21). When we stand before Him one day no one will be ‘trumped’ by someone with a better story. As we consider where we could be at the moment and where we are today through Christ’s grace and mercy then we can say “Wow Lord, why me? I could be swimming in a cesspool but I am clothed with Your righteousness instead.” We will never have to scratch for words concerning how we have arrived at where we are in Christ for the Word has already spoken on our behalf.