Max lived in Russia with his parents and his grandmother who was a committed communist. In her younger days, she had earned her living by holding meetings with female factory workers. She tried to deceive them into thinking that the Bible was wrong, and that they should not believe its message about God and salvation. She used a Soviet State manual of so-called errors in the Bible to help her teach atheism.
Shortly after the fall of communism, Max heard the gospel and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. His grandmother’s world had crumbled when she heard about perastroika (when Russia began to change its communist economic system into a capitalistic system). But it completely fell apart when he told her that he believed in God and was on his way to Heaven because the Lord Jesus Christ had died for him. For months she argued that he was making a grave mistake and that he should change his mind.
Max was faithful in telling her about God’s love, and she became convicted about the truth of the Bible and the harm she had done to others by her wrong teachings. Finally she asked him to pray and read the Bible to her, and soon she accepted the Lord as her Saviour. A hardened atheist was now on her way to Heaven.
Men and women often spend a lifetime being blinded. Some are blinded by social ideologies like communism or humanism. Others are blinded by fame and fortune, and still others by pride because they believe they are good enough.
If you do not have a concern about meeting God, then it is likely that something has blinded your mind. Many, like Max’s grandmother, feel that they cannot change. They try to defend the error that has deceived them. However, God wants old and young to be receptive to the message of the gospel and to know His forgiveness. For those who believe in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, he is the God “who forgiveth all thine iniquities” (Psalm 103:3).
Just as God heard and answered the prayer for forgiveness of Max’s grandmother, He waits to hear your prayer and to grant you forgiveness and life through the Lord Jesus Christ. Won’t you acknowledge your need of the Saviour today and seek eternal life through Him?
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