Although having a TracFone in the glove box gives me a great sense of security, nothing in life gives me as much security and peace as my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that my website is supposed to be about cell phones, but my faith has been such a positive influence in my life that I just have to talk about it!
Although many people have truly amazing testimonies of how their faith in Jesus dramatically changed their life, my story is actually kind of boring. I was never a very rebellious person, thus there wasn't a big external change in the way I lived my life once I became a Christian at the age of 13.
The biggest change in my life was on the inside. I used to have doubts about what would happen to me if I died, but I know now that no matter what happens to me in this life, my eternity lies in heaven with Jesus. That fact is where the great sense of peace and security comes from that I talked about above. I just have to praise the Lord for this awesome gift of salvation!
That’s not to say that every day is sunshine and glory. I have my ups and downs just like everybody else, and sometimes I’ll even start to doubt whether God is there at all.
When those down days come, I like to open my Bible to Luke, chapter 22, and then to Acts, chapter 2. In Luke we see that Peter disowned Jesus three times after Jesus’ arrest, and then went outside and wept bitterly after he realized what he had done. Peter was definitely having a bummer day.
That may seem like a weird place to start when I’m already feeling down, but hang with me here.
In the Acts passage Peter is now standing before a large crowd of people boldly proclaiming that Jesus is both Lord and Christ. He had gone from shame and fear and remorse to total confidence that Jesus was indeed the Savior.
Something big happened to Peter between the John passage and the Acts passage, and that something was that Peter saw the resurrected Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says in Romans 10:9-11, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
It’s the believing that God raised Jesus from the dead part that gives me doubts sometimes. I mean, that just doesn’t happen. People that are brutally whipped and beaten and nailed to a cross until they die don’t start walking around inspiring people a couple of days later.
But Jesus did just that.
The Romans had LOTS of experience in killing people. There’s no doubt that Jesus died on the cross.
Jesus was undeniably dead, but a few weeks later, the once despondent Peter (along with the other disciples) is telling everyone who will listen that Jesus is alive.
Even though he knew that people would think he was crazy. Even though he knew that the same people who killed Jesus would eventually want to kill him to. He wasn’t doing it for fame or glory or money. In fact, all he ever received was hardship and persecution.
He was boldly and enthusiastically proclaiming the risen Jesus, because he had seen the risen Jesus himself and HAD to tell the good news! That’s the explanation that makes the most sense to me.
Jesus once asked Peter, “who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:14-16) It’s the same question that all of us must answer, and it’s the most important decision we will ever make.
Peter’s answer was, “The Christ, the son of the living of God.” What’s your answer?
(You may not be familiar with what the Christ meant to the Jewish people of Peter’s day, but basically the Christ was the promised savior.)
If all of this has started you thinking about spiritual things, the first thing to do would be to find a local church to visit. If you already know someone that attends church, I'm sure they would be thrilled to bring you along with them. That way you would at least know one person at the church!
Otherwise, my suggestion would be to find a church that is active in your community. Give them a call, tell them your situation, and set up an appointment to meet with someone to talk.
Since you have stuck with me this far, I know that God's Word has been planted in your heart. You need to tend it to make it grow, and becoming involved in a local church is one of the first ways you can do that. Don't put it off!! Get out your phone book and call a couple of active churches and make that appointment!.
But aren’t churches full of a bunch of hypocrites? Yes, of course. I wish I had a nickel for every time that I’ve failed to live up to the standard that Jesus has set for us. The church is full of people, and people make mistakes.
It still floors me that people will risk spending eternity separated from God all because they heard a churchgoing person say a cuss word 30 years ago. You don’t answer to God for what other people do or say or think, you only answer for YOU, so go find a church and earnestly seek to grow spiritually!
If the first church you visit doesn’t feel right, find another one. No church is perfect, but a big part of spiritual growth in your life will come from being active in a local body of fellow believers, warts and all.
Another good group to get involved with is Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). BSF has a structured and systematic Bible study, which I have found very useful in helping me to understand God and His Word better. BSF is a non-denominational organization, and their Bible study groups meet once per week in cities all over the world. You can find out more about them at: www.bsfinternational.org
Josh McDowell has written several books that I have found to be interesting and informative. Two of my favorites are More Than a Carpenter and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict. I highly suggest that you reads these books, because they will help give "roots" to your faith. These, and other, books are available at a very reasonable price on Josh's website at: www.josh.org
The decision to accept or reject Jesus Christ is the most important decision that any of us will ever make. I hope that I have given you some good food for thought, but I'm sure you still have more questions. If so, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer your question or point you to someone who can.
May God Bless You!