Years ago at a revival I was one of the many people that was willing to council with those making spiritual decisions. I will never forget a young woman that winded up in my group that asked me that question.
At this point of my life I was growing and maturing in the Lord but scared spitless (is that even a word) that someone would ask me something theological and so over my head that I could not answer. However, with my ignorance and all that went with that when the call for spiritual councilors came I was signing up...that was something I could do...TALK! Of course we met before hand to go over the scriptures that we should use and dotted our I's and crossed our T's. I was ready! Had my act together and notes in Bible ready.
I don't remember the young woman's name though I can still see her face and I can still remember what I said though it just recently came back into memory for me and for a reason.... Another share on another day)The Lord always has a plan doesn't He?
I think at that point of her question I was suppose to actually quote John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believed in Him would be saved and have everlasting life.
Or the ABC's of Salvation...you know...
A. Admit you are a sinner.
"There is no one righteous, not even one ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:10,23. (See Romans 5:8; 6:23.)
Ask God's forgiveness.B. Believe in Jesus
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
(put your trust in Him) as your only hope of salvation.
"For 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." John 3:16 (See John 14:6.)
Become a child of God by receiving Christ.C. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.
"To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12 (See Revelation 3:20.)
"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." Romans 10:9 (See verse 10.)
Well, when she asked that question my mind went totally blank...I could not remember my name at that point much less John 3:16. NOTES? I couldn't even find them.
But I remember this....Though I felt so unworthy, so befuddled and so ignorant of the Word I was very humbled at the mere fact that God MIGHT...HE just MIGHT use me someway, somehow. I can remember saying under my breath..."Lord, You need to be speaking through me and do it in a hurry before I look like a fool!
My reply to her question was simple. All I know is that Jesus is the only person that has ever died for me...and if someone loved me enough to die on a cross for me then He can surely SAVE...
When I look back I laugh at myself...it's good when you can laugh at yourself. My lack of knowledge and proper wording and the 15 minutes it would take me at times to find a scripture (You didn't have GOOGLE back then) was a pity! But...I marvel at how God could use a little ole country gal saved from the pits of Hell all because I was WILLING to be used.
Why do we make the gospel so complicated at times? It's actually very simple, so simple that a child can understand.
I did go through the plan of salvation with my group that night but I told it in my words and after the Lord calmed my spirit I was able to FIND and share John 3:16. There was 4 ladies in my group that night...two teenage girls and two young adult women. Three of the four accepted Christ. To this day I cannot remember their names but Jesus knows their names and that is all that matters.
God's Word will never return void...and all He wants from us my friends is a willing heart. HE WILL DO THE REST!
And.... if we are a FOOL for Jesus then so be it! I'd rather be a FOOL for Christ than a have a PHD, PAD, MED, or whatever all those D's are on my wall and not Know HIM!
The only plaque I have has the initial C. It could stand for Cindy or it could stand for Conner but in my heart it stands for Christ!
May you rest in Christ....knowing that He truly is the ONLY person that has ever died for you...rose from the grave and then went to heaven to sit on the right hand of His Father.
It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest pleasures!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy