“We must be saved” Acts 4:12
Although both my parents are from Botswana, I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Where I am from, not very many my age can say that they were raised in a Bible-revering home. In the land of my forebears, people say they fear God, but they trust in traditional notions and beliefs alongside the Bible. This is a tragic, fatal mistake.
My earliest recollections, as far as God was concerned, are what I gained from a mother who loved the Bible and feared for her children’s souls. Thank God for that!
Not very far along life’s road, I was made aware of such realities as “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God in heaven was beginning to probe the conscience of a little boy.
Before long, my father’s studies took him to Scotland, UK. It was there, that a point came in my life when I realized a solemn truth: I was a soul to be saved. I now understood that the cost of dying as I was would take eternity to pay, and I began to be very concerned. Much to my alarm, my sins actually had dire wages! Gospel meetings, held by preachers who were also family friends, left me very troubled. It was absolutely gripping to know that, were the Lord to come for the Christians, I would be quickly and suddenly left behind, lost forever. His promise was plain: “Yet a little while and He that shall come will come and will not tarry” (Hebrews 10:37).
I had often heard that God wanted sinners to trust His Son, and once said to my father, “Dad, I am in a hurry to trust” – but I didn’t know how. I was in darkness, yet desiring to be saved! Although he loved me, my father could not help me, Thank God, the Man of Calvary could!
The Bible said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). I knew I was a sinner; but why didn’t I feel saved? We must be saved. But why couldn’t I say I was saved?
On a momentous April 13th evening in 1986 in a “wee” Scottish village, I saw for the first time that since God was satisfied with His Son’s death for me, I needed to be too. He came, died, was buried and He rose again so that the promise of God from His Word now came directly to me: “thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Since then, I have been resting on God’s unchanging Word. The joy of sins forgiven fills my soul. It is with joy that I “look for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ” from Heaven. These joys can be yours as well. Because of His great love for you, God wants you to be saved, to be taken from danger, to have eternal life, and to be assured of a home above. “We must be saved.” Dear reader, are you saved?
“Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)