20 years and counting…
Wow, it’s been a long time, but the vapor of the last 20 years has also been fleeting. Praise the Lord there are many more to come!
On this evening on March 15, 1995, I knelt at my bedside and received Jesus Christ as my Savior. It is one of those childhood memories that I can still clearly visualize.
20 years later, after “many dangers, toils, snares” (poetry courtesy of John Newton) I’m still saved. 20 years later after many blessings, vict’ries, and joys, I have yet to be completely sanctified, but ’twill be soon!
Today was the first time in 20 birthday’s that I had the privilege of preaching the same day, and it couldn’t have happened in a more fitting location: in the gym of an elementary school in little-known Bennington, NE. As I leave my “teenage” years as a child of God, I am in the midst of a church planting internship, excited about planting new churches in the future and seeing many more people come to Christ.
If you’re reading this and have never been saved, please let me know so I can tell you why I got saved and how you too can have a personal relationship with Christ!
Last week in my Greek module at school we read 1 Peter and came across this phrase in 1 Peter 5:11: “eis tous aionas ton aionon, amen.” Literally translated from the Greek, it means “into everlasting eternity, amen.” Talking here about the dominion of God, this phrase is similarly used throughout the New Testament to talk about the everlasting nature of God and the lives of believers.
Because of Christ, 20 years are nothing. I am going to live on forever and ever with God. Or, to borrow a phrase from the intergalactic action figure from Disney’s Toy Story, “To infinity and beyond!”