Monday, June 08, 2009

She said yes!

Today’s Reading: Acts 2:41 (NKJV)
41 Then those who gladly received His Word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Good morning!

When she said yes, everything changed. I remember the day when she gave her life to the Lord. A long time ago, God had planted a tiny seed of faith in a young child’s heart. That little seed survived in some rough weather conditions. Baking in the broiler of adversity, surviving a season of extreme drought, continuing to push up through the hard, cold ground, a tiny sprout of faith survived! I've often wondered how it was possible, that a little miracle could grow in such an unforgiving climate. Every now and then, someone would come along and shower her with some water and a lot of unconditional love, prompting a deep desire within to grow and stretch a bit more. It is that childlike seed of faith that continually propelled her heart forward, reaching up, seeking the Son's light.

Sometimes, the barometric pressure seemed much too heavy to bear. Totally unprepared, she found herself completely uprooted in the spring cyclones of life; her faith being tossed to and fro amid high winds and heavy rain. Buried alive in a thick layer of hail, it seemed her heart had been left over-exposed to die outside, alone in the cold. The Father was merciful and showed great compassion on a limp, lifeless vine. He saw something precious worth saving inside her hollow heart. He obviously knew and recognized the seedling inside. It was, after all, His perfect gift of love.

When she said yes, a brand new life began to grow, from the inside out. Her transformation was nothing short of a miracle! Sweet water from heaven restored the broken pieces of her life. There is something wholly mysterious in the newfound freedom borne in forgiveness. She may never fully understand why things happen exactly the way they sometimes do. There is new life when the Father transplants His child into the rich soil of everlasting life, daily nourished by the saving blood of the Lamb.

This is exactly what happens when someone says yes to the Lord. It happened that day in Jerusalem, when three thousand broken souls came forward, gladly giving their hearts away to the Lord. They were baptized by the power of the Holy Spirit, and their lives were forever changed. Would you like to experience a brand new life in Jesus Christ?

Everything changed when she finally said yes. Please say yes to Jesus today. Ask Him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. He will forgive you for all the things that have uprooted and separated you from Him. Ask Him to receive baptism of the Holy Spirit. When you finally say yes to the Lord, He will move into your heart and home and He will change your life forever.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO

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