Weekend, March 7, 2020

Unburdened

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8–9 nkjv)

I love the fact that the Bible frequently uses the word save. That is what God wants to do. He wants to save us from our sins. He wants to forgive us of all the awful things we’ve done, wipe our slates clean, and give us fresh lives—new lives.

But what does that mean? Someone might say, “I think I’m a Christian. I come from a Christian family.”

That doesn’t make you a Christian.

There has to be a moment in your life when you realize that you’re a sinner in need of a Savior. Jesus is ready to rescue you. He’s ready to save you. But you must come to Him, admit your sin, and be sorry for it. Then put your faith in Jesus and throw all your burdens on Him.

I came to Christ at age seventeen. I prayed with Christians at a meeting and asked Jesus into my life. I really didn’t know what I was doing that day. But I do remember this very distinctly: I felt as though a huge weight had been lifted from me.

Now, what kind of weight could a seventeen-year-old be carrying? A pretty heavy one. I carried the weight of guilt and sin around every day—a weight I grew accustomed to.

But when I prayed, I felt relief. God lifted the pressure. He removed the sin. And He can do the same for you today.

Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. He stands at the door of your life and knocks. If you will hear His voice and open the door, He will come in.

Do you need Jesus in your life? Do you want a fresh start? If you want your sin forgiven and the burdens of your life lifted, it can happen for you right now.

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