I was blessed to be reared in a Christian home. My parents, from my infancy, shared God’s love and the truths of the Gospel. The word of God was poured into my life, not only in words but in action. I learned to listen to God with all my heart, soul, and mind.
When I was just three and one-half years old I came into the house from the sandbox, tugged on my mother’s apron and proclaimed, “God wants me to be a preacher, but I have to be saved first.”
I can still hear the plate she was washing break as it hit the floor. I promptly turned around and went back to the sandbox.
When I was four years old my father and mother had helped start a little church in a garage with a dirt floor. One of the ladies who attended had been praying, for many years, for her husband to be saved. The little church had a revival and this dear lady’s husband came on Thursday night and got saved.
The lady was so excited that she grabbed a broom from the corner of the garage and began sweeping the dirt floor as hard as she could. That made an impression on me.
That night after church my mother was getting me ready for bed and I said, “Mama, I need to get saved tonight.”
She said, “It’s late and time to go to bed. We will talk about it first thing tomorrow.”
“No, Mama,” I said, “I need to get saved tonight!” I asked, “Didn’t the preacher say that if you died and didn’t know Jesus you would be punished?”
She was shocked, “Yes, he did!”
Well If I die tonight and get punished it will be your fault!” She pointed to the door and told me to go talk to Daddy.
Daddy asked me if I knew what sin was. I said, “Sin is anything that makes God unhappy.”
He asked if I had anything like that in my life and I said I did. Then I began listing them.
“What do you need to do about that?” he asked.
“I need to ask Him to forgive me and make me a new boy!”
We knelt down by that old iron post bed and I asked Jesus into my heart.
Since my salvation in 1954, I have tried to live for Him daily. I have had many ups and downs. There have been times that I did not live the Gospel. But each time, when I have recognized what I was doing, I asked Him to cleanse me, just like it says in 1 John 1:8-10. He has always forgiven and cleansed me from my unrighteousness.
I continue to learn, to this day, what it means to live the Gospel. I am so thankful for the joy He has placed in my life.
Ministry Name: Passages Ministries