Thirty years ago I was “dragged” to a Bible study class and took my 2-year-old daughter with me. I checked her into the children’s program and then entered an auditorium filled with women. Up front was a woman talking about how you could have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I thought the people were all weird, and I determined never to step foot in that place again.
Later at lunch, when I asked my daughter how her morning went, she innocently said, “Mommy, who is Jesus anyway?” She had heard about Him in her class.
I knew His picture was on the Sunday school room walls and that they talked about Him in church, but I did not know who He was. I told my daughter I did not know but that we would find out together.
About a year later I was facing major surgery and was absolutely petrified. I took my Bible with me to the hospital and happened to open it to Romans 5:3-5: “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” That was my turning point.
After that, a deep hunger for God’s word developed. I could not get enough of it. It was so applicable to my life!
Now that my two daughters are grown and married with children of their own, my walk with Jesus is just as exciting. Every morning I wake up and say: “Lord, what are we going to do today? I know that I am nothing without You.”
I love God so much and know that He loves me more than I could ever imagine. I thank Him that when He saw me at my worst, He loved me the most. How amazing to think that He would rather die than not have a personal relationship with me. Now that is love!
I praise God for the verse that says, “A child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). That is what God did when my daughter once asked, “Mommy, who is Jesus?”
Would you like to know this wonderful Jesus, who loves you dearly? If you were the only person on earth, He would have come and died just for you. He desires a personal relationship with you.
How can this happen? It is very simple. The first step in establishing a personal relationship with God is to accept His Son, Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You can do so by admitting your sin, believing that Jesus died and rose again, and asking God’s forgiveness.
“God, I want to be your child. I know I am a sinner and have displeased you. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sin. I believe through Jesus’s death and resurrection I can be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and follow you. Give me a childlike faith in you. Amen.
(Published first in Parent Life Magazine, March 2003.)