When did you first believe?
When my children were young, I attended a Bible study at a local church. The women were discussing faith. One of them had lost a child in a home accident; another had a child born with disabilities. They were discussing that they felt they were stronger in their faith because they had come to believe as adults and had had a spiritual moment or “a ha” moment in their lives after recovering from adversity.
I was feeling insulted, because I could not remember when I first believed. I grew up in the church, was baptized as a baby, confirmed as a teenager and married in the church. I don’t remember a time a time when I didn’t believe. I certainly don’t feel that my faith was any less than theirs. Anyway, who is measuring? God? The pastor’s wife pointed out to them that anyone who believes is welcomed into the community of believers. We are not measured, because none of us measure up, only Jesus.
Romans 3:22-23 says “The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ is for all who believe. For there is no distinction since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift through the redemption’s which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood to be received by faith. . .”
Gracious God, thank you, however and whenever you called us to faith in Jesus Christ. Whether we remember the day we first responded or whether it has been a constant in our lives, we praise you for the grace we have received.