Thank You Charlie….

This is Charlie and Kathy Geller.  They changed my life forever. I am so grateful to have them in our lives. I do not remember much about what I said to Charlie that day.  But I do remember what he said.  He said that God loved me and wanted to have a relationship with me.  He said that all of us have sinned and disobeyed God.  He said that this sin separated us from God.  So God came to earth in the form of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was perfect in every way.  Because Jesus was God.  The Bible says that we have to be perfect as God is perfect to get into heaven.  So Jesus came and lived among us to teach us the truth about who God was and is.  And that Jesus was crucified for the sins of everyone on earth past, present and future. And that He was the only way to get into heaven.  Not only that, but that He came back to life after three days.  He said if I believed that Jesus was God and that He died for my sins and came back to life that I could ask Him to come and live in my heart and be my Saviour and Lord. And that I would go to heaven and be with Him when I die.   And then Charlie said something that grabbed my heart…he said, ‘do you know that if you were the only person on earth, Jesus  would have still come down and died on the cross just for you…’  WoW, that blew my mind that Jesus did all of THIS JUST FOR ME.  That He wanted a relationship with me of all people.  I knew what a sinner I was was.  I wanted this relationship with Jesus.  I asked Jesus to come and live in my heart and be my Saviour and Lord on that very day.

BAM! My life changed.  Not only did it change from darkness to Light, but from fear and despair to a hope and joy that I could not describe.  It was amazing.  And that was the beginning of the best decision I had or would ever have made. My new life in Christ began. But I would continue to struggle with depression even though I was saved by God’s underserved gift of salvation. But He knew that and died for me and came back to life just for me anyway.  He knew I would never truly escape the fear that would try to consume me, but now I was not without Hope.  That Hope was Jesus, the Author and Defender of my life. Tomorrow I will talk more about the depression struggle after i became a Christian.

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2