It takes a long time to convince me of something–it’s hard for me to make decisions quickly. So when I started to hear the claims of Christ, it was a struggle for me when I heard an altar call. Boy, that was a new concept. I returned to church a year after my first daughter was born–I was compelled to return to church–it was the right thing to do. So I just showed up, left my baby in the church nursery and found myself in a year-long study in the book of Romans. Everything was new to me, even though I had attended Sunday School, church and Awana for years as I was growing up.
I had been taught evolution, but the Bible spoke of Creation. I had assumed that everyone automatically went to heaven at death. But that’s not what the Bible teaches.
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” Matt 10:32-33 (NLT)
I was terrified when I read this verse. It implies choice. But I wasn’t ready to make that choice–yet. It took three years of Church attendance and Bible Study before I was ready to walk forward at an altar call and accept the Salvation that Christ offers all sinners.
Within a month I was given the opportunity to be baptized. Prior to my Salvation I remember thinking that I could never be baptized in front of the entire church congregation. But as I waited my turn with another couple, I still remember the peace I felt at that moment. Accepting Christ is still the best decision I have ever made in my life.
And over all these years He’s answered my prayers His way, despite the obstacles I’ve erected in going my way. He’s good at giving me directions for the detours. But since it takes me a while to make a decision and take action, the introduction to Bible Bites has been delayed. But not for much longer.