The Light of the Good News: Rene Taubensee
By: Natalie Wiesen
December 22, 2015
Everyone has a wildly different conversion story. Some people can’t put a finger on when the lights went on, while others know exactly when they put their trust in Christ for the first time. Some people feel like their conversion was a very long process, while others feel like it was a moment. Regardless of someone’s conversion experience, a common thread runs through all of them: each one is a miraculous work of God and pure gift. In Ephesians 2 when Paul is talking about salvation, he doesn’t just use the language: “We were bad, and God made us good.” No, he says in essence, “We were dead in our sins and God made us alive because of our union with Christ.” Similarly, in John 3, Jesus says we need to be born anew to enter His Kingdom, not just cleaned up or polished. We need to be made new, made alive, and given sight to see. Only after we are alive and new can we become “clean” and pure.
Paul goes on to say in Ephesians 2, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
If you know God and have a personal relationship with Him, I encourage you to take a moment to get on your knees and thank God for saving you while you were His enemy, dead in your sins. Thank Him for sending Jesus to die the death you deserved on a Roman instrument of torture so that you could be reconciled to God. Thank Him for conquering death to bring us home to God, proving once and for all He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
If you do not know God in a personal way, and have yet to have a “conversion experience,” I want to encourage you that God is after you. He wants you to know Him, and He wants to have a personal relationship with you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to pay the price for your sins on the cross 2,000 years ago. The Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death–[eternal separation from God]–but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 6:23). And “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” (Romans 10:9).
If you want to make a profession of faith or have questions that you want to work through, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to another Christian that you know! The God who spoke light into darkness wants to speak light into your heart so that you can know Him. We pray that you will say yes to Him.