Sunday, October 23, 2011

Never Too Late

I love to see the video testimonies of those who are being baptized at North Point Community Church. This morning a young man was baptized whose dad had been a pastor. He had grown up in church, knew all the traditional Bible stories, but his life had been interrupted by the divorce of his parents. He walked away from church, and from God as a result, but as a young adult, he had been brought back by his girlfriend, who is now his wife. I was impressed by his statement that he had been able to forgive his dad, just as Jesus had forgiven him, and his dad was in the service to see him baptized.  

His willingness to forgive his dad is admirable. But as I listened to his story, I thought about his dad, who had once been a pastor, and for reasons that were not explained, was divorced from his wife.  I have known pastors who have succumbed to the temptations of this world. I've also known others, not employed in ministry, who have yielded to sin which led to the destruction of their marriages, careers, friendships and reputations. All of these people have one thing in common. It's never too late to be restored in fellowship with God and to be used by Him.  

Whether you have been divorced and remarried, or you've gone through rehab for addictions or maybe even served time in prison for something you've done, God is waiting with open arms to take you back and use you for His glory.  If you have never placed your faith in Jesus as your savior, talk to God and tell Him that you need a savior and you trust in Jesus Christ, and His death on the cross for your salvation. Your sins will be forgiven and God will never let you go.  If you already know Jesus Christ as your savior, return to God, acknowledge your sin, and surrender your will to His. He will use you if you will let Him. Your previous relationships may never be restored, but God has never left you, and He never will.

It's never too late to turn to God and experience His grace and forgiveness. He wants to use you for His glory!

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