I had a pretty good opinion of myself until a friend invited me to take a walk down the Roman Road.  He used just a single book in the Bible to open my eyes to my relationship with God, and I haven't been the same since.

     He warned me that the trip might hurt, and he was right because he started by revealing my real status before God.  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

     Then I learned of sin's penalty.  "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a).

     Then he showed me how God provided His Son Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for my sin.  Jesus took my penalty! "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

     I wondered if God would accept me.  He assured me with even more good news.  "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).

     My friend showed me what I should do to receive eternal life.  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

     We prayed together, and I gladly accepted God's gift of eternal life through Jesus.  My prayer went something like this: "Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin.  I am willing to turn from sin.  I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour."

     I asked my friend if there was anything in the book of Romans that could help me with my new life.  He pointed me to Romans 12--"...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

     Since accepting Jesus as my Saviour, my life has been transformed!  God is now first place in my life.  I have joined a church and was baptized.  I read the Bible a lot and try to follow its teachings.  I also love to tell others about the Roman Road to salvation.

     Won't you take a trip down the Roman Road?  It will change your life forever!

  September 2021  
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