The Question That Changed My Life Forever

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Personal request by Author-  Please answer the following question before reading further:

If you were to die today and meet God, and He asked you, ‘Why should I let you into My kingdom?,’ what would you say to Him?

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I am grateful to have had parents who raised me in a church that taught me ABOUT the One True God, and God used those many years to prepare me for something I would never have imagined- at 29 years old and living on my own in New York City, I MET the One True God FACE-TO-FACE.  In those life-changing moments, I realized for the first time how PERSONAL God’s Love was for me, I confessed my need for His Forgiveness, and I accepted His indescribable gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ. That wonderful, ominous day, I became a child of the Living God!

It all started with a mistake I made in the office (boy, does God do incredible things with our blunders!)  In 1989, I was a fairly new employee at a pharmaceutical corporation on Park Avenue, and I was making travel arrangements for my boss and his Latin colleague.  I don’t even remember the error, but it was big enough for me to hike myself over with tail between legs to the Latin Director’s Administrative Assistant on the other side of the building to extend my apologies (one of those ‘this-deserves-more-than-a-phone-call’ things!)  The sight of this diligent, ultra-professional looking woman increased my nerves as I blurted out a sloppy apology and awaited the deserved rebuke.  To my shock, she flashed a forgiving smile, wrote off the blunder, introduced herself, and invited me to lunch!  A ton of guilt had just dropped from my shoulders and I remember feeling light on my feet.  As I type this, I am reminded that this is exactly what it feels like to accept Christ’s forgiveness for my sins!

The woman’s name is Dalva, and she quickly became my closest friend.  Our lunch together inspired another and another until we were meeting daily to share a meal- so enjoying each other’s company and conversation.  Dalva and I  spoke freely about many topics together- work, our personal lives, relationships, our pasts, our goals, our faith.  I honestly didn’t have much to share about my faith, as I did not have a relationship with God- didn’t even know there was such a thing!- only decades of churchgoing on Sundays, and trying to be a “good” person all my life.

Then one day, Dalva asked if she could speak with me in private.  We went into her boss’s office who was on vacation at the time, and we sat down together, but this felt different than any other time we were together.  I felt there was something extremely important she wanted to share that deserved my complete attention, and permitted absolutely no distractions- and I was right.  She asked me a question that would change my life forever:

“Nan, if you were to die today and meet God, and He asked you, ‘Why should I let you into My kingdom?,’ what would you say to Him?”

And here was my answer:  “Um, well, I’ve always gone to church on Sundays, I am a good person,… uh, I do good things for others,…Ask anyone they will tell you I am kind and helpful….”  The more I talked, the more I sounded like a defendant on trial!  The many “I”s in my response revealed that I was trying to prove why I deserved heaven.  I WAS good enough, darn it!

And Dalva’s reply:  “Nan, those are all good things, however, not one of them gets you entrance into God’s kingdom.” – DEAD SILENCE.  LONG, DEAD SILENCE.  –

“Are you kidding me???!,” I thought… “You have GOT to be kidding me!!!  There’s NO WAY those things don’t count for SOMETHING!  Come on, man, I’m making a name for myself here!”

Then Dalva told me that it was because of Jesus’s death on the cross for my sins that I gain entrance into heaven- Nothing else.  Well it was like I was hearing those completely familiar words for the very first time!  She explained that God loved me so much that He became flesh on earth and suffered and died for ME– NANCY- that even if there was NOT ONE OTHER person on earth, He would have done this for ME!  In those moments, I was aware that Jesus Himself was standing immediately in front of me.  I wish I could describe in words what I experienced, but only by being BORN AGAIN can one understand.  The humility I felt hearing that nothing I could ever do would earn me heaven, that it was GOD’S DOING that saved me,…the overwhelming sense of gratitude I felt in my realization of what God saved me FROM- eternity in hellfire,…the feeling that I was becoming something NEW and would never be the same again!

Dalva then took me through a short, powerful little book called the “Four  Spiritual Laws,” which clearly depicts man’s fatal separation from God by sin and the futile efforts of man to reach God through religion, philosophy and/or good works.  It clearly describes how God- through His amazing Grace- bridges the gap between Himself and mankind by sending the only acceptable sacrifice to atone for man’s sins: His Perfect Son, Jesus Christ.  Finally, it imparts the importance of not just knowing these things as in “book knowledge,” but in receiving Jesus Christ as ones’ personal Lord and Savior (John 1:12, 3:1-8, Rev 3:20).  >>> Then and there, in Christ’s illuminating Presence, I confessed my sins and need for His Forgiveness and Saving Grace, which He immediately and joyously gave to me! I became a NEW CREATION that day- a child of the Living God.  I began reading and studying the Bible, praying each day, I joined together with other brothers and sisters in Christ to mature in unity and faith, and I continue to walk in His Grace every day!

Thank you for allowing me to share my personal testimony with you.  If YOU can relate to anything in my testimony and you would like to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, it is a simple prayer away!  Just speak to God, confess your sins, accept His forgiveness and begin your life as a New Creation of God Almighty’s!  You can use the simple prayer below if you would like.  God knows what is in your heart and mind already, and He is waiting to shower his Love upon you!

Lord Jesus, I need You.  I cannot get to heaven on my own! I am sorry for my wrongdoing, Lord.  Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins, forgiving me, giving me life with You on earth and life with You eternally. I now receive You as my Savior and Lord! Take control of my life, Jesus. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, transform me into all that you created me to be. In Your Most Powerful Name I pray, Amen!

The “Four Spiritual Laws” can be found at:

http://www.campuscrusade.com/fourlawseng.htm

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Had I never come to know Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, this blog would not exist.  would not exist as a child of the Living God!  Some of you may take issue with the last statement (as I have in the past), believing every person is a child of God.  You may be surprised to learn that- according to God- there is a difference between a creation of His and a child of His.  God tells us clearly in His Word that there is ONLY ONE WAY to become His child- that is not through human means but spiritual- by being BORN AGAIN through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  You see, God paid a heavy price to adopt us as His sons and daughters- He gave His One and Only Begotten Son, that whosoever should BELIEVE IN HIM would not die, but have eternal life!–

“The true light [Jesus] that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”                 -John 1:9-13

  Born of God???  Read Jesus’s discourse with the Pharisee, Nicodemus, below:

“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  -John 3:4-8

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” – John 3:36

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AUTHOR REQUEST:  Please LIKE, REBLOG or COMMENT at bottom of post…I would love to hear your personal response and/or questions!  If you feel someone else could benefit from a post or from this blog, please SHARE with others in your social media circles- this blog is intended to bless and encourage as many as possible!  Thank you and God bless you!!

http://www.campuscrusade.com/fourlawseng.htm

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AUTHOR REQUEST:  Please LIKE, REBLOG or COMMENT at bottom of post…I would love to hear your personal response and/or questions!  If you feel someone else could benefit from a post or from this blog, please SHARE with others in your social media circles- this blog is intended to bless and encourage as many as possible!  Thank you and God bless you!!

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2 thoughts on “The Question That Changed My Life Forever

  1. Dearest Nan! Thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony. Yes, it was a blessed day indeed and I pictured the angles in heaven singing Halleluia as you truly gave your heart to Christ. I say truly because I have witnessed the transformation the Holy Spirit has operated in your life. As I recall our conversations back then, we always had fun talking about everything in our lives, but ALWAYS got back to talking about GOD. Do you think that was a coincidence? Absolutely not, as there is no coincidence with God, but GOD-INCIDENCE. He had all that took place orchestrated to the most tiny detail way before you and I entered the earth. I must tell you that I really appreciated you before you got saved, but your zealousness for the LORD is remarkable and I so much more enjoy our 2-4 hours long conversations in spite of the miles of oceans between us. You are such an encouragement to me and I pray that this work will be the same to others. So happy you said YES to the Lord. May He continue to bless you as you continue to help in building His Kingdom. Tons of love! -D

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  2. Thank you for your beautiful note my sweet friend! You continue to bless my life with wisdom, encouragement, admonishment, tons of laughter, precious tears and joy, joy, JOY!,…all in the Name of our most precious Savior Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords!!! I will never be able to express an adequate thank you for how you’ve blessed my life. Oceans cannot separate our love in Christ now and never will. I love you! Nancy xoxo

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