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The Lord regenerated me when I was twenty-five years old. Though that was a long time ago, I’m still amazed at His profound grace in my life. It’s something I never want to get over. Paul’s words to his friend Timothy are regular reminders to me of God’s great mercy.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life (1 Timothy 1:15-16).
The good Lord said, “Yes,” to me. He said, “I want you.” He took me, washed me, and showed me incredible mercy. After all this time, I have yet to get over His gift of salvation. I trust those thoughts are yours too. I suppose the saying is overused but continues to be applicable: I’m doing better than I deserve.
As good as my regeneration was, the thing that has impressed me the most about my Lord is His persevering grace after He pulled me out of a horrible pit.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
Ten Reasons to Love God
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
His regeneration was profound, and I would never minimize the day He declared me not guilty and adopted me into His family. But it has been His persevering grace after salvation that regularly boggles my mind. He forgave me the day we met, and He has been faithful to forgive me ever since (1 John 1:9).
Then there is Easter—a profound reminder of the lengths the Lord went to give me the transcendent benefits of salvation.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
And then there is heaven—the place where I can adore Him forever.
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
This infographic may be an excellent homework assignment as you work through the Scriptures and write out what God’s benefits mean to you. Share your work with a friend. Rejoice together.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).