Dave's Place

Dave's Relationship with Jesus Christ

Dave

Of all the pages that make up this web site, this is the most important. The others tell of me and my interests — this page is dedicated to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I make no apology in declaring that I have placed my faith in Jesus Christ and am now born-again. I have been greatly blessed, I married my high school sweetheart and we have raised eight wonderful children. But like everyone, I have also had trials in my life. And through it all, both good times and bad, it is my faith in Jesus Christ that sustains me.

My faith story began when I was living on the island of Guam. There were some kids in my junior high school who used to argue with me about God. As a Catholic I already knew that I was a sinner.

... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ...
— Romans 3:23 (NASB)

And I knew that the penalty for sin was death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 6:23 (NASB)

They told me that salvation was a free gift — that there was nothing I could do to earn it.

I couldn't believe that — doesn't God want to reward us for doing good? I though that since none of us are perfect, God must look at both the good and bad in our life and whichever side tips the scales determines whether we go to heaven or hell.

The nagging question of course was, "How much good versus how much bad?" I considered myself basically good not as bad as say, ... Hitler but not as good as say, ... Mother Theresa. My friends challenged me to come up with a way to measure goodness (or badness), and I could not. Then they explained something that was new to me God's standard is absolute complete goodness. That is the meaning of holiness.

But, I argued, "Who can meet that standard?"

They said, "Nobody!" Even our good deeds amount to nothing compared to God's holiness.

And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; ...
— Isaiah 64:6 (NASB)

By His standards we would all be doomed.

...both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
— Romans 3:9-11 (NASB)

Well, if nobody is good enough to meet God's standard — how do you get saved? By not trying to save yourself, rather by reaching out to God so that he can reach down and save you. It is not our work but God's grace that brings us to salvation.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
— Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)

I repented of my sin and accepted Jesus as my savior in December of 1975. Since then I have had both ups and downs in my life — but God has been faithful even when I have not. If you are searching for meaning in life — if you need peace — Jesus is the answer.