Esther O'Neal

    "I would not be going to Heaven" 
I was saved when I was 3. I do not remember the exact details now, but with Jesus in my heart, there can be no doubt of my salvation. As I was growing up, I would backslide from time to time. At one point in time I was confused and angry with God, because I had to move to Texas from my hometown. One night, I was at a rally with my youth group. They gave an invitation for anyone who wanted to be saved to come forward. I wanted desperately to go up but I just couldn’t make myself. Then, they gave an invitation for people who wanted to rededicate their lives to Christ. I knew that if I didn't go of my own accord, I would get pulled out of my seat so I went forward and rededicated myself to God.  I felt so happy afterwards. That night, I realized the truth of Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God". If we were saved by our own works, I would not be going to Heaven, because I've done a lot of bad things. Salvation truly is a gift of God, one that is more special then anything else. I also realized the truth of John 3:16, "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." I think about that and I realize how much love that takes, for God to send His ONLY Son to die for me that I could live with Him forever. But it's not just for me. It's for you too. All you have to do is say, God, I've sinned, please forgive me. I accept you as my personal Saviour. That's all you have to do. The Bible says, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Please accept Jesus and there will be rejoicing in heaven over it.