The Bible says: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
It's true, it's easy to live out what we want, act how we want, do what we want. I think it was Miley Cyrus that told our youth, "it's our party we can do what we want". And she's right, you sure can, and it's easy and fun, and you get to control what you say and do and you get to decide if you want to feel bad or not, and it all goes through like a freight train until you come to the end of the track and you find yourself up against a brick wall with no tracks.
The Bible may point out sin, as it should, but it goes on to say: But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
When I was saved, I guarantee you it was not because I was preaching the gospel, healing the sick or going good works. I was far off, confused, living life for me, and how I wanted. It was fun, I was free, and loving it....until I came up to a brick wall, not only did the tracks end, but they had crumbled behind me and I couldn't back up. God saves you the moment you ask, and for some of us, it's not until we are so far off track that we don't even know right from wrong.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Looking back, I see a God who already had my salvation in place....the moment I took a bite of that forbidden fruit, called sin, God had my redemption story already played out. To think that I would be here with you today, with my attempt at getting you to build a relationship with Christ....because I know the saving power it has. Who knows where He's taking me from here, but I enjoy this train much better.