Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners
— 1 Timothy 1:15
What a transformation! As Christians we have received a great salvation. We should be the most thankful people on earth. But sometimes, that is not the reality. It reminds me of a story I once heard.
A physician made a really bad mistake one day and misdiagnosed a patient. He declared a woman dead and then notified the family. The husband was grief stricken. Imagine the surprise of the nurse when she discovered the women was alive. “You have to tell the family right now,” she urged the doctor.
The embarrassed doctor phoned the family and said, “I need to talk to you about the condition of your wife.”
“The condition of my wife?” he asked. “She’s dead.”
The doctor replied….”Well, she has shown a slight improvement.”
As Christians we were lost, but now we are found. We were guilty, but now because of the grace of God, we are redeemed. We were dead, but we have been made alive in Christ. We are children of the King. Yet to look at a lot of Christian lives and faces you would think that our circumstances had made only a “slight improvement.”
We need to always remember that being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb is a wonderful gift from the heart of God. There is only one proper response.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever.
— Psalm 100:4–5
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
If you have never made the decision to ask the Savior into your life, do it today. Get redeemed this holiday season. It is a great and eternal gift.