"He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe"

(by a random bearded gospel man)

I don't know if I've ever told y'all this, but I honestly don't know when I became a Christian. I really don't remember not knowing and believing in Jesus, so I also don't remember a moment when I first came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I can point to several pivotal moments in my life when I made a conscious decision to die to myself in certain areas, and I experienced growth and maturity after those moments.

One of those moments came after really hearing the words of today's song. I was in elementary school and had sung this song for a long time before really paying attention to it. Like most young children, I didn't really have much of a concept of sin. But one day this song made sense, and I understood more of the reason why Jesus had to die. I had no real knowledge of the Old Testament sacrificial system or anything, but I got the fact that I owed Him something that I had no way of paying. He died to pay it for me, and that filled me with gratitude and joy. That's about all I understood at the time, but it caused me to look at sin a little differently. Though I still didn't understand it all, I knew that I didn't want to sin anymore. Obviously, I did sin after that, but that moment began a lifestyle of not desiring to deliberately sin (if that makes sense).



Brooke said…
this is why i love you - such a serious post prefaced with "by a random bearded gospel man" to make me lol.
Zion said…
I laughed about the random bearded gospel man too! And I, like you, don't have an exact day and time that I remember giving my heart to the Lord. Now that Zion has I am curious if he will remember or if he will be like Jeremy, and me, and you. It doesn't matter if you remember when it happened as long as it happened right? :)

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