I had the pleasure of spending part of a day with the Executive Director of The Haven of Rest Ministries here in Anderson. The goal of the Ministry is that every participant will desire to give his or her life to Christ and turn to Him for freedom from addictions and realize hope for the future. The Haven accomplishes this through a Biblical based study. Here they are brought to the realization that a Christ centered life can restore their well being.
It was there that I met John (True name withheld). Early one morning, John was driving when he fell asleep and plunged over a twenty foot embankment. He was ejected from the car and landed unconscious on a railroad track. There was no way to see the car or John from the road and a train was due to pass anytime. As John shared in his story: “God put a man in another car behind me to see what happened and to save me.” The 911 call from this motorist is haunting. You can hear the train in the background.
The stranger jumped out of his car and climbed down the embankment and pulled John from the railroad track just 17 seconds before a train sped by.
John 8:24 New International Version (NIV); “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am He, you will indeed die in your sins.”
At the time, John was not a Christian and he quickly will tell you that he was a mere 17 seconds from an eternity in Hell. We must all ask ourselves; if we were to die right now, where would we spend eternity. This may appear a foolish exercise to many Christians, but remember what our Savior said:
Matthew 7:22-23 New International Version (NIV); “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!”
I think most people wonder about their salvation at some time in their life. We are taught in the Bible that we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). If we say we have no sin, then we are deceiving ourselves and just not being truthful (1 John 1:8). So, we are all sinners and the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23).
We are all sinners and incapable of earning salvation by our own actions. It is by the very grace of God that we are rescued from Satan and eternity in Hell.
Ephesians 2:8 New International Version (NIV); “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”