Let me tell you a story. It is story of overwhelming grace. I was nine the year our church had an evangelist come preach a revival. His name is lost in my memory. The image of him standing in the pulpit and passionately delivering the gospel is clear. His description of the realities of heaven and hell cast images before my young minds eye. His assurance of a Savior who loved and longed for me to abide with Him forever called to a tender heart.
My parents shared and then asked our pastor to come and talk to me about salvation. I remember standing on the patio and his quiet manner sharing words of eternal life. These words I still cling to today.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
A path to salvation – a Roman road. I walked with Jesus down that road to the cross. Even at nine my mind sees the sacrifice and I lay down there at the foot of the cross. Viewing Jesus sacrifice I no longer want to be a slave to sin, but to become a slave to righteousness.
Today I retrace that Roman road of long ago. I remember God’s kindness that leads to repentance. Over and over His kindness leads me here to the foot of Jesus cross. I lay all of me down and remember Jesus amazing gift. A gift given so “sin didn't, and doesn't, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it's sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that's the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.”
Have you walked that Roman road?
I would love to hear your grace story.