“… since the day you heard and truly understood God’s grace …” (Colossians 1:6 CEB)
That day for me was Tuesday, February 10, 1976.
It was during my senior year in high school. I was sitting at the kitchen table with Don Tugman in his home at 1612 Larch in Duncan, OK. A Bible lay open in my hands and Don was leading me through a series of questions in a little Bible study guide. Truth be told, my mind was there, but it was racing. I was engaged with the Scripture I was reading at the moment, but I was also thinking about what had been steadily growing brighter in my mind all that afternoon. It was like each Scripture I read added watts to the conviction and clarity lighting up my heart.
This God who is, who loves, and who powerfully gives so much is interested in me. In all that is, I matter to him. Christ’s cross? Forgiving me? Shaping me? Empowering me? He did all of that, and wants to do all of this, for me. Me!
I simply had to accept him and obey him that night. I wanted to identify with him and belong to him completely that night. Nothing or no one could have kept me from declaring my faith in him, and being baptized into him, that night.
That was the day I heard and began to understand God’s grace.
Has that day yet dawned in your life? What day will it be? Soon, I pray. Very soon.
Father in heaven, you continue to fill me with the understanding of your will for my life. May I live my life so as to please you in every way, every day. By your glorious might, strengthen me to do good in your Son’s name through all that I do. As you have rescued me from darkness and brought me into the light and rule of your Son, my Savior and Lord, may you ever be my greatest joy. Ever forgive me and set me free to this end, making my life fruitful. And may this be true for more and more who encounter your Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.