Last week Charylene and Dave stopped by to encourage me and check out “From the Rising of the Sun.” While they were there, Charylene asked me to help her figure out how to register with ArtPrize so she could vote. Believe it or not, I’d not figured it out myself! You can stop in at a “hub,” or you can text from your phone, but now there’s even an ArtPrize app for your phone…except figuring out how to download the app and get it activated is NOT intuitive for older folks like us! We squeezed through a bunch of hoops but got stuck when they sent the confirmation code to her home phone…miles from the Holiday Inn. As Dave is just recovering from surgery on his leg, there was no way they could go home and come back. This trip was a labor of love already and really couldn’t be repeated! As we were settling somewhat sadly into the thought of being has-beens whose opinions are on the wane in our country, my dear young friend Sarah stopped by to visit! Ahhh!! Youth to the rescue! She played with the phone a bit, gave Charylene advice, walked her through the process, and voilà, Charylene’s vote was cast! Harder than it looks, but possible, particularly for kids who’ve grown up with computer technology.
Similarly, it’s harder than it looks to become a Christian, but not impossible. It also seems easier for the young to grasp Christ by faith, especially if they’ve grown up with the scriptures. The longer we go without learning to trust God, the harder it is. The disappointments of life have a way of shading us jaded. Instead of believing instinctively, we start disbelieving. Old people can get to the point where they won’t believe no matter what evidence is given, because their minds have become as inflexible and arthritic as their bodies.
Do you find it impossible to trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you read about his life in the gospels any time in recent years? Have you gotten to the point where you might like to “cast your vote” for believing in Jesus but feel stuck? I wonder if there’s a younger person in your life space who can help. I pray for young people who will reach out and help older folks find the way of salvation and peace. It’s hard when you’re old, but it’s not impossible!
Some have said salvation as easy as A,B,C (although I know it’s more complicated than it seems):
- Acknowledge your sin and repent. (Admit that you’ve been running your own life and decide instead to obey God and submit to his loving guidance). “
Except you repent, you shall all perish”Luke 13:3.
- Believe in the death of Jesus Christ as the complete payment for your sins before God. “
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”1 John 4:10.
- Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, accepting his gift of life and giving him your life. “
If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and will believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”Romans 10:9-10.
“And [Jesus] said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).