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“I’ve Never Gotten Over That”

March 25, 2013

I had a very interesting conversation with a 92-year old man the other day.

My son and I were sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when an elderly gentleman, Mr. J. Reed, came into the room. He was accompanied by a care-giver from the assisted living apartments where he lives. The two of them sat across from my son and me.

I could tell that Mr. Reed was watching me as I read and made notes in a book that I had brought to the office with me. When I looked up from my reading, Mr. Reed asked me what I was reading. I showed him the cover of the book and said, “Perspectives”.

“Perspectives on what?”

“Perspectives On The World Christian Movement.”

“That’s a good thing. I’m a Christian”, Mr. Reed said, “but I didn’t start living seriously for Christ until I was in my thirties.”

Mr. Reed then made an amazing statement .

“Jesus died on the Cross for the forgiveness of my sins and He didn’t have to. I’ve never gotten over that.”

“I’ve never gotten over that.”

That statement took a hold of my heart. His words were spoken with tenderness. The tone of his voice was reflective in nature, as if he had been on Calvary’s mount the day when Jesus was crucified. It was as if he was remembering all that the death of Christ meant for him personally through faith – the forgiveness of his sins, relationship with the Father, abundant living, and the hope of glory.

The Spirit used Mr. J Reed’s testimony to speak to my heart, to cause me to reflect on my relationship with God through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am confident of my salvation through faith in Christ and His finished work on the Cross of Calvary. I have a personal relationship with God the Father, have been invited to join Him in His work on this earth, and know that I will live forever with Him in His glory.

But, the question is: Do I live in daily amazement and wonder of God’s love in Christ as it is demonstrated on the Cross. Can I say with Mr. Reed, “I have never gotten over that.”?

During this Easter season, let us ask the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts once again about what Christ’s death on the Cross means for and to us. Let us ask Him to stir within our hearts and lives a deeper love for Him and a deeper devotion and commitment to living lives of sacrifice and service for His glory.

A Reasonable Response

January 9, 2009

As I have begun the “Blogging Through the Institutes” study with Reformation21, I have also begun re-reading a book that I have had on my bookshelf since 2004. It is entitled Grace and its Fruits – Selections from John Calvin On The Pastoral Epistles. It was prepared by Joseph Hill of Geneva College in Pennsylvania and published by Evangelical Press.

In the introduction to the book, Hill says of Calvin that

His conversion and subsequent commitment to the service of God are aptly represented by an emblem which he used as a signet: an extended hand holding a heart aflame, encircled by the words: ‘I offer my heart to You, Lord, promptly and sincerely.’ “

I am very drawn to the last three words of Calvin’s commitment statement for life and ministry – “promptly and sincerely.” Drawn to them because that is how I know the Lord wants me to respond to Him … words that I desire and pray that my life will be characterized by:

  • Prompt – in obedience to God’s every Word
  • Sincerein love for and commitment to my Savior and Master in every area of my life and in every relationship that I have

When I read Calvin’s statement, several verses to come to my mind:

“And this I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly, and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.” I Corinthians 7:35

“For our proud confidence is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not is fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.” II Corinthians 1:12

“But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” II Corinthians 11:3

In a world of busyness, competing philosophies and religions, customs and traditions (much like the world in which the Corinthians and Calvin lived), may we remain simply and steadfastly committed to God and His Word, and to yielding and responding to His leadership in our lives, promptly and with sincerity of heart, for His glory.