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. John 3:16
I grew up in a lutheran household. This is a technicality. We went to church sometimes, I think. I remember I was told that I was lutheran. I don’t remember God really being talked about in my house. I did have a huge banner in my room that my mom had made at my baby baptism. It had a huge cross on it and said “I have called you Ashleigh Louise”. (I had no idea what it meant, I just knew it had something to do with God.)
At some point, I started going to church with my friend next door. I also went to all the camps, the Wednesday nights, and everything in between. I had a blast there. I loved going. There were some parts that were boring (like when we sat with the adults) but mostly, I loved it.
Every so often, the person speaking would have one of those messages where they do the alter call or invite people to accept Jesus into their heart. I literally raised my hand every single time because I didn’t want to be forgotten. I wanted Jesus to remember me and to save me. I wanted to go to Heaven. So every time it was asked, “do you want to accept Jesus and go to heaven?” YES! Sign me up, ma’am. I wanna go to this place where there is no illness and no pain and no hurt and where my mom can be whole again. Please, let me go there. So I’ve been saved like a bajillion times.
I didn’t need to raise my hand every single time. Jesus didn’t forget me. I’m his child, how could he forget me? I’ve been saved since the first time I rose my hand and asked Jesus into my little heart. It’s so simple.
Sometimes, I feel like there needs to be more. Like the sky needs to open, an angel needs to walk down, and pick me in order to be saved; as if Heaven was a school dodgeball game. I tend to complicate things and over complicate already complicated things. Simple doesn’t seem to be a concept to me. There has to be more, right?
Wrong. Nowhere in the Bible does it give a list of things you need to do in order to be saved. It doesn’t give a checklist of accomplishments for entrance into heaven. The bible states very plainly that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. All it takes is a single step, a step of trust.
It really is that simple.
Write it Out
- Have you accepted Jesus into your heart? Have you taken the first step?
- Where do you struggle in your relationship with God?