There was a time in my life when I felt like I had been shipwrecked. My marriage had ended in divorce. I had two small children to raise alone, and no transportation to get to work. Nothing was going as planned. But, I had a lot of motivation. That got me up before daylight and to the bus station on foot, to get to work. Yet, it didn’t seem to matter how determined I was, nothing got better. Instead, I began to feel like I was sinking.
Passing a mural for Noah’s Ark in a department store one evening, with my 2 year old by the hand, he stopped and stared for a long moment at the scene of animals with the boat on the hill. I realized he had never heard the story from my childhood of salvation. In the Bible story, God warns Noah to build a big boat, and to take in animals to save himself and his family from a world-wide flood that was coming. By following God’s directions, all aboard the Ark were saved. Seeing this mural, I was reminded that God would save me from my own destruction.
So, we found a church. I began to attend regularly, and prayed for God to come back into my life, like He had been in childhood. I didn’t repeat a memorized prayer. I just spoke to God from my heart. I told Him I had made a mess of my life. I told Him I was sorry for trying to live my life my way, in stubborn willfulness. I asked Him to forgive me for all the wrong I had ever done to hurt Him or the people in my life. I didn’t ask Him to forgive me, “if I had done anything wrong.” I asked Him to forgive me because I knew I had done wrong. I turned from the direction I was headed and began to walk back toward the cross of Jesus, in my heart.
I had already been baptized as a teenager, and knew in faith that God loved me. I knew He would save me. I knew that Jesus gave His life on Calvary 2000 years ago, and rose from the grave as a Savior for all mankind. All I had to do was ask for Him to, “cover me.” Just like that, Jesus came back into my life and saved me from the destruction that my life had become. Once Jesus has your back, you can overcome anything that comes against you. You just have to be connected to the right person. Baptism is an important public sign that you are covered by Jesus. You are stepping into the water and allowing Jesus to wash your life clean so you can start life over as a born again child of God, much like a newborn baby is washed clean after birth.
If you want Jesus to save you, then bow your head now, wherever you are. Tell Him you are sorry for the way you’ve been living your life. Then tell Him you love Him and want Him to have your life and be your Savior, When you pray in Jesus name, accepting His death on the cross to cover your sins, you are saved! Now you have been born again, and you are free. God bless you as you begin a whole new life in Jesus!