by Charles Robey
(Trussville AL)

Almost you persuade me to be a Christian. (Acts 26:28)

Almost you persuade me to be a Christian. (Acts 26:28)

To look lost as in the human flow
To feel lost to the world I go
To be lost sins evil I bestow
When His great love I castaway

To look loved when not at my best
To feel loved as does all the rest
To be loved in His arms caressed
When His love to me He did portray

To look saved is by faith I aim
To feel saved God's grace I claim
To be saved is what I became
When for me He took my sins away

Do you remember what your life was like before you became a Christian? When you were lost, outside of God's love. And, before God saved you and turned your life around. If so, isn't God's free Grace wonderful?

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast". (Ephesians 2-8:9)

In the 19th Chapter of Matthew, we find a self-righteous man who thought that he had kept the commandments (Matthew 19:20), but knew that he did not have eternal life (verse 16). He knew that he lacked something very important in his life (verse 20). The Lord Jesus was very careful, in witnessing to the man, as He pointed out the man's sin.

However, the man was not ready for salvation. He first had to picture himself as being guilty, condemned, and a lost sinner. Someone once said, "Before you get saved, you need to get lost!" The Lord Jesus accomplished this by using the law,

"for by the law is the knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:20).

How bout you?

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