Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A "boring" story of salvation: of grace

I always used to be so amused with the super miraculous salvation stories that had drastic stories of "before and after" Jesus. When it came to my turn, I was hesitant about sharing because mine seemed so boring and so ordinary: I grew up in a Christian home where I was loved and taught about the fear of God and love for His word and ways. I was baptized when I was 9, making a public declaration of now walking with God. Since then, I have steadily been growing in the knowledge and relationship with the Almighty. Though feeling lost sometimes, I have not really strayed to the right or left. My story sounds like there was not much grace because I never "messed up" really bad and the change inside of me doesn't seem so miraculous.
Having seen more of the world and having met such a variety of people, I see that my type of story is actually the more rare one. Now you hear a lot of stories of how people have been into drugs, sex, pornography, etc, and then God saved them and their lives have drastically changed. In this day and age, my story is more rare, but not at all less filled with grace. As much as anyone, I am saved by grace and it has been by grace that I can know Jesus Christ and that He has preserved me from the plots of the devil. It is by grace that I am continually growing in the knowledge of God and stay humble.

Romans 12:2+3

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.