Marta Shutt - Alpena, Arkansas

Marta ShuttMy personal testimony of how God saved my precious soul.
When I was growing up, I do not remember hearing the good news of the gospel, that "Christ died for the ungodly." Rom. 5:6.  I did not think about spiritual matters, and did not even think that there was a God to whom I was accountable.  I thought that when I died, I would just be like a dog - all would end.  I was critical of religious people, thinking they were just hypocrites.
One day when I was about 16, I was working on my parents lawn on a Sunday afternoon when a lady got out of her car to visit a neighbor.  In a loud voice, she said, "Humph!  Working on Sunday."  Those few words caused me to wonder - what if I'm wrong and everyone else is right?  The Spirit of God had started to trouble me, and a seed of doubt had been planted.  However, I did not get too concerned.
In the following spring, I worked for a neighbor cutting asparagus.  She also hired Al to do some of the heavier work, and so we met.  Se corresponded that summer and in the fall when he returned to MSU for classes, we met again and arraigned to go for a walk in the country.  When we stopped to rest, he asked me, "Are you saved?"  I answered, " What do you mean?"  When he told me the way of salvation, I immediately wanted it.  For the next three months, Al spoke to me about the way of salvation; gave me gospel tracts to read; and took me to different churches where he thought I would hear the gospel.  I became more and more troubled until I had terrible headaches and could hardly do my school work.
Finally, one evening I thought "I'll never get saved.  I'll just have to go to hell."  At this time, I still did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.  For some reason, I said (in my thinking) "Jesus Christ IS the Son of God."  I didn't believe it though.  I did this again, still not believing it.  Then, all of a sudden, I DID believe it, not by my will, but by the revelation of Christ to my soul.  I understood the truth of His dying for my sins and fell asleep at peace with God.
What a tremendous salvation God has provided for us -" For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jn. 3:16 - at such a great cost to Him - "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." IICor. 5:21 - but free to us - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8,9.