I don’t remember being converted at age six at my mother’s side in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (as my father reminds me). All I remember is believing. I’ve always believed as far as I can remember. I’m sure that’s not true because we come into the world bent out of shape by sin, but whatever God did in my life to make me a believer He did so early that I don’t remember it happening. A lot of you are in that position and you sort of regret it because you don’t have any stunning testimonies to tell about how you were saved. However, I learned what happened to me from Romans. I’ll tell you what happened to me. I don’t need to remember, I know from the Bible what happened to me. And as I say what happened to me, would those of you who wonder if it’s happened to you listen carefully? There are four things: 1) “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (3:23); 2) “the wages of sin is death” (6:23); 3) “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8); therefore, 4) “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (10:9). Even though I don’t remember what happened to me, I know what happened to me, from the book of Romans. The book of Romans interprets life, life that you don’t even know about, you read about in the book of Romans. Which of us, who has tasted the goodness and glory of God in this great gospel, does not count the book of Romans precious beyond reckoning?
The Author of the Greatest Book Ever Written (Minneapolis, MN: Desiring God, 1998), A Sermon on Romans 1:1.