guest post by Nancy Golden
While visiting Phil’s parents this past July, on impulse I went into a Tractor Supply store in Clovis, New Mexico to purchase some hoof conditioner for my horse back in Texas. A lady was stocking a shelf in the equine section and we began to chat. In the course of our conversation, she mentioned that she had been studying the “end times” and felt like the rapture could happen at any time; she felt that she had messed up a lot and hoped that she was “good enough” for God to take her too. At that moment, it broke my heart to realize the fear and daily struggle she was experiencing because she misunderstood the true nature of God’s grace. If she only understood that she would never be “good enough,” because if any of us could be, then we wouldn’t need Jesus!
I believe it was a divine appointment that first brought me into Tractor Supply at that particular time (probably the only time I will ever be in that particular location) and then moved me to explain to a person whom I had never met before that she could never be “good enough,” but that if she trusted in
The Holy Spirit prompted me to ask if I could pray for her and we stood in the horse fly spray aisle arm in arm as I prayed for her to truly know that her Savior had already assured her a place with Him in heaven. Sometimes God uses His people in order to care for His people in the most unexpected places, and that is a blessing in itself, for it gives us real joy when we know we are having an impact on others for Him and that we are furthering His kingdom—even in a Tractor Supply store!
Rest assured, my Christian brothers and sisters, that by Romans 10:9, “That 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.” The work that Jesus did on the cross completely covers all of our transgressions—past, present and future. We can never be good enough on our own—never—but we can have full confidence in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” and it is truly in Him alone that we are good enough!
This text is an excerpt from Nancy Golden’s book, The Second Greatest Commandment Meets the Great Commission: How to Love Your Neighbors to Christ.
You can learn how to build relationships with those around you in Nancy’s upcoming course, Evangelism: How to Love your Neighbors to Christ.
Nancy Golden has a passion for sharing her faith and a heart for people of “every tribe and language and people and nation.” She is an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Christian College and has taught How to Study the Bible, New Testament Survey, and World Religions. In addition, she has developed a Cross-Cultural Missions course for Dallas Christian College that incorporates both the theology and the history of missions. Nancy and her husband Phil are certified lay servants and along with their son Josh are members of the First United Methodist Church in Carrollton, Texas. Phil and Nancy also serve as Sunday school teachers for the high school and young adult class at the Cambodian United Methodist Fellowship in Carrollton. When she is not busy with her family, students, and church activities, Nancy can be found riding her horse Pistol, who fortunately does not mind listening to her sing praise and worship songs! You can visit her website at love2christ.com.