About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Of The Lord
In February, 1970, I was
18 years old. Prior to then I
was persistently plagued with discouraging doubts about my salvation, and
that's despite the frequent excursions to an altar in search of salvation.
The salvation I thought was granted to me at the altar seemed to soon slip from
my grasp. If I was saved, only
God knew, and that didn't help me much.
My dizzying days of
doubt came to an end in February, 1970.
While all alone in my bedroom, I prayed a simple, unemotional,
direct, five second prayer. I
then fell asleep. I realize
that does not sound like some heavy-duty spiritual awakening one might
experience at an altar of prayer, but it worked.
The next day I awoke doubt free.
Jesus had demolished every last shred of doubt that had plagued me
as a youth. The uncertainty of
salvation has never, and I do mean never, returned to haunt my soul.
I have been eternally liberated from debilitating doubts that
prevented me from being the disciple of Jesus I was meant to be.
In Matthew 28:19 we read
that Jesus instructed His apostles to make disciples for Him from all
nations. Some of us tend to
distinguish between a believer and a disciple these days, as if a disciple
is a more dedicated believer. The
New Testament makes no such distinction.
A disciple is a believer and a believer is a disciple.
There are not two classes of Christians.
The Greek word
"mathetes" is translated as "disciple" in our English
New Testament. A mathetes, or
a disciple, is one who learns from another.
A disciple is a student, and in Biblical terms, is a life-long
student of Jesus. A disciple
of Jesus not only learns how to get saved, but continually learns how to
live as a saved person.
The moment I was
delivered from doubt was the moment I desired to be a disciplined student
of God's Word. I wanted to
know what it says and I wanted it implemented in my life.
Now, at the age of sixty eight, I am still learning.
I am still enrolled in Jesus' continuing education program.
If I were not a determined disciple, I would be a stagnated saved
believer, and what good is that to Jesus or anyone else.
Here's the question.
Are you a disciple of Jesus, enrolled in His continuing education
program? If you have dropped
out of class, the door to discipleship is always open for returning