"Before I accepted Jesus, I was a really bad person. I had multiple sexual partners, I drank and acted in ways that were an embarrassment to me and my family, and I could care less about God. But something in my life changed and after a lot of consideration, I went to church. I answered the alter call and knelt down and prayed, "Lord I'm a sinner and I want to be cleansed. I believe in you and your Son and that He died for me." I remember getting up thinking, 'Well, did it take? Was that the correct way to do it? Am I forgiven?' Now it's years later, but I've never fully had the assurance that I'm saved. It was too easy, and too good to be true. I always wondered, I accepted Jesus -- but did Jesus accept me?"
Does this sound familiar? Does this sound like you, your background, and your story?
Nothing would be more disappointing on Judgment Day than to stand before our Righteous Judge with His Son sitting there, only to say, "Depart from me, I never knew you." (Matthew 7:21-23) After all, you're a good person, right? And you did what that pastor told you to do that time, right?
But are you sure that's all you had to do? What if there was something else?
In the coming weeks, we plan to explore this very question: I just accepted Jesus, but did Jesus accept me?