Max lived in Russia with his parentsÂ and his grandmother who was aÂ committed communist. In her youngerÂ days, she had earned her living byÂ holding meetings with female factoryÂ workers. She tried to deceive them intoÂ thinking that the Bible was wrong,Â and that they should not believe itsÂ message about God and salvation. SheÂ used a Soviet State manual of so-calledÂ errors in the Bible to help her teachÂ atheism.
Shortly after the fall of communism,Â Max heard the gospel and accepted theÂ Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. HisÂ grandmotherâ€™s world had crumbledÂ when she heard about perastroikaÂ (when Russia began to change its communistÂ economic system into a capitalisticÂ system). But it completely fellÂ apart when he told her that he believedÂ in God and was on his way to HeavenÂ because the Lord Jesus Christ had diedÂ for him. For months she argued that heÂ was making a grave mistake and thatÂ he should change his mind.
Max was faithful in telling her aboutÂ Godâ€™s love, and she became convictedÂ about the truth of the Bible and theÂ harm she had done to others by herÂ wrong teachings. Finally she askedÂ him to pray and read the Bible to her,Â and soon she accepted the Lord as herÂ Saviour. A hardened atheist was nowÂ on her way to Heaven.
Men and women often spend aÂ lifetime being blinded. Some areÂ blinded by social ideologies likeÂ communism or humanism. Others areÂ blinded by fame and fortune, and stillÂ others by pride because they believeÂ they are good enough.
If you do not have a concern aboutÂ meeting God, then it is likely thatÂ something has blinded your mind.Â Many, like Maxâ€™s grandmother, feelÂ that they cannot change. They try toÂ defend the error that has deceivedÂ them. However, God wants old andÂ young to be receptive to the messageÂ of the gospel and to know HisÂ forgiveness. For those who believe inÂ the redemptive work of the Lord JesusÂ Christ, he is the God â€œwho forgiveth allÂ thine iniquitiesâ€ (Psalm 103:3).
Just as God heard and answeredÂ the prayer for forgiveness of Maxâ€™Â grandmother, He waits to hear yourÂ prayer and to grant you forgivenessÂ and life through the Lord Jesus Christ.Â Wonâ€™t you acknowledge your need ofÂ the Saviour today and seek eternal lifeÂ through Him?
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