Youthful Days

Gospel Truth

We may often do or say things that we regret afterwards.  Perhaps we may say something unintentionally that is hurtful, or we do something without realising the full consequences of our actions.  But this story is about a Christian lady who had regrets – perhaps not something you would normally expect!

When visiting at a hospital recently, an elderly lady introduced herself to me and told me that she was a Christian.  We spoke together for some while, and after speaking about the Lord Jesus and the blessings she had enjoyed in trusting Him, she said, “… but I have one regret!”

Let me tell you a bit about her.  She was eighty-seven years of age, and she came to know Jesus as her Saviour when she was seventy-nine, and at eighty was baptised.  It was wonderful to talk to her for she was so full of joy in the Lord.  But now she said, “I have one regret – I regret not surrendering to the Lord much earlier in my life.”

Well, perhaps some of us would have that regret too, but looking back with regret is not often a sensible thing to do.  This elderly lady was making best use of the rest of her time, and “looking steadfastly on Jesus the leader and completer of faith” (Hebrews 12:2)

But what about you?  Has your heart been surrendered to Jesus?  Are you living each day for Him?  Don’t leave it any longer – there are wonderful blessings from a life committed to Him.

A B P

extracted from the July 2017 issue of Youthful Days                                       



Nothing to Pay!

Nothing to pay!  That is surely good news, and it is something that we read of in the Bible too.  Just recently, I had an experience that reminded me of the goodness of God and His wonderful free gift.

As I was standing in the town centre, a lady whom I knew came up to me and commented on my new coat.  “That looks warm, “she told me, “were you given it for Christmas?  It looks really expensive!”

I assured her it was certainly warm – and that day it needed to be, for a cold wind was blowing across the square where I stood, and I was thankful for the coat.  But I explained to her, “no, it wasn’t for Christmas, but a friend paid for it and gave it to me.  Isn’t that just like God’s salvation? – someone else paid for it, and we can receive it absolutely free!”

It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who paid the debt of our sins by suffering, dying and shedding His precious blood to wash our sins away.  His final, victorious shout when dying upon the cross, “It is finished”, meant my debt of sin was paid in full.  By trusting in Him, I can receive forgiveness, peace with God, eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  And so much more – free!

Truly, “my cup runneth over(Psalm 23:5), all paid for by the greatest Friend of all, our Lord Jesus Christ, and freely given to me!  That is why, right at the end of the Bible, God has included a reminder of His invitation to every one of us, “whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely(Revelation 22:17).


ABP

extracted from the January 2017 issue of Youthful Days