I remember like it was yesterday. It is about 12 years now, it was on the 25th June 2007 when it happened. It was just a regular day, had come back from school. I was not happy at all. My heart was not in a good place. There were things that I had seen happen at school, they did not sit well with me. I was confused, so confused. Wondering who I was and how I could not be influenced. But the pressure was too much for me. It really overwhelmed me. I decided, I’m going to act this abruptly, go to school intoxicated. I am going to smoke marijuana like my friend did. My mind was made up. I was going to fit in. I was going to be promiscuous. Be mean to girls. Insult them, be a jerk in other words.
Then the day came, the 25 June of that year(2007). The television was tuned in to TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) around 9 pm when Joyce Meyer’s enjoying everyday life program was on. She was talking about how we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God but Jesus made it all beautiful. She had explained it in about 5 minutes if I am not mistaken, that was all it took, 5 minutes if not less. I felt my heart being so overwhelmed. I didn’t even finish the program, I went to my bedroom. I prayed and gave my heart to Jesus. I felt the peace I have never felt in my life.
All the plans I had about deciding to fit in were ruined in just less than 5 minutes. My point of the story is this, now that is the Gospel being the power of God unto salvation. My life took a whole new turn around. I then felt a great need to look for a church. I remember when I finally found one, that Sunday morning, I ran to Church. I was such in a hurry, I couldn’t hold my breath. I was thirsty for the word of God. I felt like something was pulling me. I felt an attraction I had never felt in my life. My feet were racing themselves to the doorway of that building. A beautiful experience that was, however my focus is on the beauty of the Gospel that leads us unto salvation.
Salvation simply put is the preservation or deliverance from harm or ruin. Looking back, I do get it, I believe if I hadn’t heard the gospel, I wouldn’t have been preserved from the life I had planned to indulge in. I thank God for people who are declaring the word of God, highly lifting the works of Jesus. If it was not of His obedience, we wouldn’t be delivered. We are preserved because of His obedience.
Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” So there is nothing more we need to exalt than the beauty and work of Jesus. I came into believing through this wonderful woman of God(Joyce Meyer). May we as the body of Christ keep declaring the faithfulness of Jesus and His perfect work on the cross.
Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Just listen to the authenticity of Paul, so crystal and majestic of him to boldly declare such a statement. With the experience I had on the 25 June 2007, I am a living testimony that indeed the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. If I hadn’t had heard the Gospel, only God knows where I would have been.
Ephesians 2, 8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2, 9: Not of works, lest any man should boast. All it took for me to be saved from harm’s way was just faith, definitely not my works, considering what I had planed, if it were about works, where would I boast because I was thinking and planning some really faulty thoughts. This is the Gospel, may it reach people across the world, that it is not about what they do that God would preserve them but by what Jesus did on the cross. Salvation is real and indeed through Jesus, salvation is alive.
My point is that the Gospel is power unto salvation. It is the power of God. An alive power. A real power house it is. Jesus’s death is the salvation provider.