The Bible Verse That Everyone Knows: John 3:16

I'm pretty sure we have all seen, heard, or know the famous bible verse, John 3:16.  
During my first year at FIDM, I had this verse written on my tote bag. There was one time when I was in the elevator and a girl that was walking out turned to me and said, "John 3:16, thank you I needed that." I think I just smiled because I didn't know what else to say. If I remember correctly, that was the only time that someone mentioned the bible verse on my tote bag.

Remembering all that now brings to mind two things now.

1. People watch and notice.

As Christians, we are called to be the light, to be ambassadors of love, to be His hands and feet. We don't literally have to walk around with bible verses on us. To show Christ to the world, we should be loving, unselfish, serving, giving, and everything that Christ was when He stepped on this earth. And most importantly, everything that He IS. 

2. Salvation is for everyone who believes.

When I first started going to church, I was told I had to make some outward changes. I stopped wearing makeup, I stopped wearing pants, I stopped wearing jewelry, etc... Let's just say that if I start to make an actual list, this blog post will run too long. ;) Anyway, with time I turned a little judgmental. I sincerely believed that anyone who didn't follow my church's rules, was not saved. Once, I was watching a Youtube video in which a girl was singing a song by Hillsong, very beautifully. "But, she can't really be saved, can she?" I thought in my mind. It wasn't until a couple years later that God would show me that none of the things we do can bring us salvation. No matter how pious we act or seem, salvation is a gift from God alone. Salvation is for ANYONE and EVERYONE who believes, repents, is baptized in Jesus name, and lives the rest of their lives for God. :)


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

-John 3:16-17


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