The gals knocked on our front door unexpectedly tonight from the cold of night. Do you know where the Murphys live, they asked? We did not but sure noticed the cheerful nature of these young ladies. Could they share a special Valentine’s Day message with us just the same? Of course, answered my husband. What followed was a friendly banter of the differences between the Mormon faith and a Biblical belief in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior of the world. It was too cold for the chat to go on long and our home is a safe zone for fragrances-n-chemicals so we could not invite them inside. They understood. Gratefully, I was able to locate our neighbor’s correct address before they parted which they accepted after my hubby engaged them in a sweet chat of everyone’s hometown.
Later Steve and I prayed for these two. Certainly their friendliness and encouraging messages were a breath of fresh air on a chilly wintry night in the Midwest. They were far from home on their 18-month mission trip rite of passage, so to speak, of their Mormon culture. We hope that they will look beyond their culture and traditions, however, to a saving faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ who brings eternal redemption and joy through the foundational truth found in the Bible. We find evidence of our faith in verses such as:
Romans 3:23New King James Version (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
1 Timothy 1:15New King James Version (NKJV)
15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
Romans 5:8New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23New King James Version (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:16New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
In these truths we believe in Him alone as the perfector of our faith, His work on the Cross, and then build the foundation of our faith. I am proud of Steve for engaging these gals with his personable style and sharing of some key points that we hope they will reflect upon further. We hope they will find hope in Jesus Christ and not their religion. In sharing with them, Steve moved beyond standing in frigid temperatures in an open doorway and got into the most serious of conversations with two total strangers rather quickly. What topic could be more important for a Sunday night chat?
On this Valentine’s Day, I submit to you that the greatest love offering of all was given by our Lord, Jesus Christ when he demonstrated that love through His death and resurrection on the cross at Calvary. Salvation and eternal life come through Him alone. May He be glorified for the good that may come for being willing to stand and speak when a knock at the door cometh . . .
Gentle Reader, if you are wondering who God is and how to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ alone, please write to me here or comment at the Hope Beyond page on Facebook. Or just pray this simple prayer and let me know if you do, k? With love, :JJ
Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and have fallen short in my life. I am sorry. I recognize that you are God and came to earth to save me from the ultimate consequences of my sin through Your death and resurrection. Please forgive me. Be my Lord and Savior this moment for always. In Jesus Christ, amen.