By Roberta Kittrell
Imagine a beautiful bracelet made of silver beads with a few beads of other colors, but this bracelet is not only something pretty to be worn around a wrist – this is a Salvation Bracelet.
If you don't know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, God can use the bracelet to lead you to Jesus and to receive Him in your heart. If you already know Him as Savior, you can use the bracelet to help others come to know Him and accept Him as their personal Savior.
Though most of the beads are silver, there is a black bead, a red, a blue, a white, a green, and then a yellow bead. In the center is a cross – an empty cross.
Each of the colored beads stands for something:
The BLACK bead represents sin. In the days when Jesus and Apostle Paul were alive, people shot with bows and arrows, much like archery. When someone missed the target or the bull's eye, the referee would yell out, "He sinned!" That meant he had missed the mark.
When we do wrong, we miss the mark – the standard of being perfect that God demands. We sin. Romans 3:10 states: "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" and Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Did it say some are righteous? No. Not one is righteous. Did it say some have sinned? No. ALL! Everyone. The Bible says God hates sin and does not want it around Him.
Our sinful condition is not as hopeless as it sounds because of what the RED bead represents – Jesus' blood. Romans 5:8 tells us, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Even knowing how sinful we would be, out of His love toward Father God and us, the Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cruel cross. He took the punishment for all of our wrongs.
The BLUE bead means faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast."
We can't earn or deserve God's gift of eternal life. We must accept it by faith. We often hear and use the words "faith," belief," "believe," and "trust." What do they mean?
Let's do an experiment. Sit down on a stool or chair and raise your arms up high over your head. As you keep them up, lift both of your feet off the floor.
What you were doing just now is trusting the stool or chair to completely hold you up. In other words, you were putting your faith in the stool or chair. That's what we do when we trust the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. We place our all – all that we are, all that we are not, and all that we will be – on Him completely.
The WHITE bead represents cleanliness and purity. "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow," says Psalm 51:7.
The shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when He was on the cross washes away all our sin, leaving us dressed in His righteousness.
The GREEN bead stands for growth. 2 Peter 3:18 tells us what to do once we receive the gift of salvation: "...grow in the grace, and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Physically we grow into adults – like our parents. We are also to grow spiritually – in Christ; to become grown up in our faith.
Our last colored bead is so cheerful – YELLOW, or GOLD. Revelation 2:10 tells us, "Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life."
We all will most likely die physically. Jesus is saying that, if we are faithful until we die, He will give us a crown of eternal life – that we may forever be with Him.
The empty cross reminds us why Jesus died, was buried, arose from the dead, is alive today in heaven, and why He saved us. Ephesians 2:10 says we are saved and are alive today because, "we are [God's] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in (do) them."
God did not save us just so we would go to heaven when we die. When He saves us, He already knows what He is going to do in and through us. He saves us to be His instruments or tools. We are only the instrument. He is the one who directs us, speaks through us, and gives us power. Nothing is better than to be saved and used as His instrument.
If you haven't received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, now would be a good time to do so. All you need to do is to believingly pray a prayer such as this:
Dear God, I know I have not lived a perfect life. I also know I cannot pay the price for disobeying You. I am sorry for my wrongdoings, and I believe Jesus died to pay the price for my wrongs. I want Him as my Savior. I want Him to come into my heart and be Lord of my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.
(All Scriptures taken from the NKJV)
Roberta has been active in evangelism – ministering to the lost who have come to the USA from many countries. She goes into prisons and jails, and also assists the families of inmates. Roberta is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother of five.
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