A Summer of Profession
Abby entered our room late on June 20th professing faith in Jesus. In a cute-and-awkward-8-year-old-way, she shared what had been going on the previous hours, telling us of her conversation with God, belief in him and desire to be baptized. In short, we believe God called, and she responded. In a small amount of time, we have seen conviction and repentance.
Abby’s first profession of faith is that Jesus is Lord. He has heard the cry of her heart — that she cannot save herself. This will not be a one-stop declaration. The mark of the Christ-follower is a continual profession of faith, a continual declaration of dependence on the One who saves.
These same utterances have been the theme of many believers that have added to an encouraging summer. We’ve witnessed as brothers and sisters in Christ have adopted children, buried children, treated children for cancer, made great strides toward racial unity, worked toward restoring marriages and moved across the world for mission work.
In all these acts, we have observed professions of faith. “Jesus is Lord” was declared long ago by these believers and is their foundation. And, there is a continual profession of Jesus is Lord, help us, lead us, heal us, free us, save us that will never cease until the last day of a God-follower.
We are grateful this summer for the encouragement from The Body, and we are especially grateful to God for saving Abby.