Yesterday was my birthday. It was a great day that started with preaching at Southbridge and ended with my family playing soccer in my backyard. I felt overwhelmed with how blessed I am.
Birthdays become a more interesting time as I get older. When you are a kid, birthdays are fun because you get presents and, if nothing else, it feeds some inner narcissistic desire to be celebrated. As I get older, 38 as of yesterday, birthdays have become more about introspection.
As I finished my Saturday sermon prep, the Lord overwhelmed me with the reality of my salvation. I was preparing for a message on Romans 7 and 8 for our series #TrendingNow about besetting sins. But I was overwhelmed simply with the fact that I am saved.
I have been spared the condemnation my sin deserves. I have a condemnation bearer in Jesus Christ. There is no condemnation for me or anyone else who is in Christ. I have many blessings to be thankful for: a great family, a wonderful and supportive wife, great friends, a great job, and wonderful life experiences. Any one of those things and a multitude of others could have gripped my mind that day. But as I began to pray in the final moments of my sermon preparation, it just hit me. I am saved.
I have been rescued. I have been delivered. It happened almost 20 years ago, but I guess I am not over it. I hope I never get over it.
To those of you who God has revealed your hopelessness and helplessness, your utter need for a Savior and you have accepted salvation in His Son Jesus Christ, I hope that you too never recover from that fact. As I reflected on my birthday, my overwhelming realization was that I have been rescued from my sin, saved from eternal condemnation and am in relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Are you? If so, I hope you are never the same again.