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. John 3:16
I heard it said over and over again,
But not enough for me to repent of my sins
I said, “Jesus loves me,” and I kept on going
And yet He spared me to live on another morning.
I saw the Bible sitting there,
On the table, by the chair.
I’d read other books, but I let it lay
On the table day by day.
Story by story, I read on and on
Until finally the last novel was gone.
Then I picked up my Bible and wiped off the dust
I said “In God, I should put my trust.”
Deep down I knew I’d known Him once before
And He always seemed to be knocking at my heart’s door.
But I closed my mind and I closed my heart;
Jesus was calling again but I sought Him not.
I keep on reading as my Bible lay:
And I said to myself, “I’ll read it one day.”
Never thought what if that day hadn’t came
For I knew I only had myself to blame.
Then one day as I laid to rest
I stumbled upon a novel, The Substitute Guest.
It was about a family who believed in God
And I read this book with a nod.
This Christian family, their love and trust-
I knew for me-it was a must
When the stranger asked how this perfect love was so
They told Him of Christ, who’d so long ago
Died on the Cross for our very sins
That we might open our hearts
And let Him come in.
This stranger accepted Christ;
And so did I
And because He lives I shall never die.
For God knew my heart
But I didn’t know the rest;
It was He who came as my Substitute Guest.
And now I read my Bible everyday;
I try to live my life in a Christ-like way.
I never have to wipe my Bible for dust
For reading God’s Word is a daily must.
I thank Him for being so patient with me
And for destroying my sins at Calvary.
For dying that I might live.
His only begotten Son is what God had chosen to give.
~By Vanessa Winfield Gibbs