(Post by: Michelle Hobbs) Blogmas Day Six
“Salvation to all that will is nigh” (John Donne – Annunciation)
That is the beautiful first line to a poem I heard last night as part of my Advent study. It struck me in a special way, I think, because today is a day of celebration at our house. Twenty-three years ago, on this very day, Scott was saved by Jesus!
We celebrate his Spiritual Birthday each year because it is through him finding salvation that the rest of our immediate family now has a personal relationship with Jesus. Without him taking the lead, it is unlikely the rest of us would have found our way to salvation.
(Fathers and Grandfathers, the way you lead your families in spiritual matters is of the upmost importance! More on that another day.)
Scott and I did not find Jesus until our late twenties. The Lord was truly merciful to hound us down in our trials and make Himself known to us. We did not have anyone directly share the Gospel with us, but I know a few were praying for us. The Lord took Scott to rock bottom physically and emotionally, then supernaturally showed up at the exact right moment.
It is quite the story, and he tells a story much better than I do. So, maybe we can get him to share it on the blog or podcast sometime soon.
What I wanted to share with y’all on this very special day is that “Salvation to all that will is nigh.” Meaning, if you desire salvation, a personal relationship with Jesus, He is near to you at this very moment. All you have to do is reach out, call out for Him.
It does not matter that you may not know anything about church methods, theology, or doctrine. Scott and I certainly did not.
The exact words you use do not matter. There is no “right way” to talk to Him. Just ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Don’t be afraid to share with Him your questions, your uncertainty, even your anger. He can handle it all and will love you through it all.
The only thing that really matters is your relationship with Jesus.
All that God gave us was His son. He did not give us a list of things to do or to say. You have probably heard John 3:16 where the Scripture tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Friend, if you do not have a relationship with Jesus, do not wait another day to ask Him to be your personal Savior. He is just waiting for you to do so.
And to my friends who are already saved. Use this time, this preparation for Christmas, as a time to turn your heart back to Him. Re-kindle that love you had for Him when you were first saved. Renew that excitement for getting to Him and learn His Word.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
One of my favorite authors, Watchman Nee, states that Christ is the sum of all spiritual things. He is the way, the truth, the life, our daily bread, the light of the world, and so much more. Do not be afraid of all the “Church” stuff. Just talk to Jesus and get to know Him. He is all you need to know.
If you have questions about salvation, please reach out to us. We would love nothing more than to discuss this with you.
Also, if you do find salvation for the first time, or you are committing to renew your relationship with Jesus, let us know that too! Nothing could make our celebration more special and complete!