23 Years of Christian Discipleship

I’m reviewing a talk by Elder Jeffery R. Holland entitled “Knowing the Godhead” this morning. Near the end is this good apostle’s witness of Christ and His ransom for our sins.

I bear witness of Jesus Christ, the living Son of the living God, who paid the liberating ransom for your soul and my soul and the soul of every man, woman, and child from Adam to the end of the world.

I attempted to move on, but the Spirit of the Lord (as he often does to me) constrained me again to not look past this point. I then began to consider the duration of my discipleship. As of this writing, I am 23 years old as a disciple of Christ. I’m not nearly the christian that the name itself deserves, but I do feel today as clean and pure as that beautiful season 23 years ago, when I first exercised for myself the redeeming power of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

In saying that, what I am reminded of is how long, how constant, how real that power to forgive sin that is in Christ has been with me.  I in no wise mean to suggest the my life has been perfect these 23 years, far from it! But what time has proven to be absolutely perfect is this Atonement of Christ. His love and constant ability to forgive sin is perfect. It is unfathomable to me how perfect that power is!

23 years. Ups and downs, rights and lefts, mistakes and mess ups and more.  How constant is this one reality in my life: that Christ’s loving Atonement is never failing.

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