As I sat in church before the music started, I looked down at my white washed denim jeans. A two inch square sticker with a combination of letters and numbers clung to my pants just above my knee. This piece of insignificant paper represented my three children who were enjoying Children’s Church and learning about Jesus. I would need to give this sticker to the children volunteers in order to collect my lovely little ones after the service.
My eyes would travel down to this sticker every now and then during the one hour of worship and preaching, and I found it ironic that such a feeble thing could possibly symbolize the little souls that I would sacrifice my life to love, care for and protect.
The comparison between the lives entrusted to me and the label on my jeans was laughable; yet, the system of dropping off and picking up kids was necessary for establishing a safe and peaceful environment for both the parents and children at church. Without this system, church would be chaotic and very little learning and growth would occur. Everything that produces something of significance (relationships, family, home, work, government and life) must have an established system in place for positive movement to occur.
As I stared at my sticker, I thought of the prayer of salvation that I whispered when I was fifteen years old. Two college students came to our small youth group one weekend and led a little revival. I don’t know exactly what I said, but I know that something supernatural was opened in my life. My words were feeble and insignificant, yet they unlocked the most beautiful and amazing gift available to all of us: An intimate relationship with our Creator.
Many people have difficulty entering into a relationship with God because they can’t grasp how simple the system of salvation is. Before all the theology theory and religious discourse there is simply a need – a need for meaning, significance, purpose, love, forgiveness, wholeness and truth. There is a person who sits up one day and realizes that there has to be more to life than living and dying. And whether they confess this need with the mouth of their body, mind or spirit; God takes hold of this symbolic whisper and opens the doors to His grace, favor, love, forgiveness and Spirit.
Jesus did all the work. All we need to do is believe and receive.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10.9 NLT).