But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8). I find it so overwhelming that God would send his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, who was Holy, Spotless of ANY sin whatsoever, to take on MY SIN, while I was yet a sinner! That is unconditional love. You! For Me!
Can you remember the moment, when you felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to receive Jesus Christ as Lord over your life? I can remember the EXACT moment when I was ready to surrender. I had gone to the same Church for a long time. It was a non-denominational Church, back in my hometown of Kentucky. We didn’t have a senior Pastor but had evangelists come in to do the preaching.
One evening Pastor Jim Canasta was doing the preaching. It was a very convicting message for me. I had already been feeling that “tug” for quite some time. At the end of his sermon, he gave an altar call, and it seemed as if he was directing it for me ONLY. I know that wasn’t the case, but to my eighteen-year-old self, it seemed that way. I was under such heavy conviction! My cousin was behind me, and she tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Angie, being a “good person” is NOT enough, you have to surrender your life to God!”
It seemed my heart was beating, a million times per minute. Friends, I had a battle raging in my mind and heart. It was like I had an angel on one shoulder, and the devil on the other. Talking about a tug of war in my ears! Good vs Bad! Light vs Dark! You aren’t good enough! You will NEVER be forgiven! Stay in your seat! You’re gonna get laughed at! I couldn’t sit there ANY longer. I felt the Holy Spirit so strongly pulling me to himself. As soon as I stepped up to the altar, where Pastor Canasta was, he took hold of my hand, and said. “child that is Jesus, surrender to him!” He then proceeded to Pray with me.
I made the decision, to give my life to Jesus Christ, that very night. I don’t regret it whatsoever. When you surrender your life to God, it’s the most freeing feeling you’ll EVER experience. Your life will NEVER be the same. Granted, you won’t always be on the mountain tops, they’ll be times when you’ll find yourself, in the lowest of valley’s, but it’s all necessary for our sanctification. To be more like Jesus Christ.
My whole point in this blog post is this…We should be sharing with EVERYONE just how much, we are LOVING OUR JESUS! We should be shouting how merciful and grateful we are, that he saved us from a devil’s Hell! We should be shouting how God has protected us from harm when we didn’t even realize he was doing so! We should be sharing our life stories, and how far God has brought us! We shouldn’t be afraid to show just how broken we truly are!
Are you sharing with your friends, how God has changed your life, or are you keeping quiet, afraid of the rejection and ridicule, if you do so? Are you letting his light shine through you to your co-workers, or are you remaining silent while they talk about things, that you should be separating yourself from? Are you ashamed to share the love of God, because you don’t want to be mocked and labeled, as a Miss Goody too shoes, or better than thou?
I will be the first to admit I’m guilty! Friday, I found myself surrounded by a conversation that was taking place, and NOT in a good way either. I had no business staying seated and silent. I didn’t engage in it, and I tried tuning them out, but I stayed nevertheless. What I “should have” done, was get up and walk away, and made a point, that I wasn’t gonna hang around, while they discussed the topic they did.
I felt as though I let God down, and I didn’t represent him well at all. What I “should have” done was tell them, how their conservation was something I couldn’t be around. I “should have” used it as a way of referencing, how much Jesus Christ could change their lives, and the words they speak. Did I do that? NO, I stayed quiet until I couldn’t take it no more, and said “you guys are disgusting.” Yep, that was NOT the right attitude for me to have.
I need to remind myself that all those around me, may not know Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. There was a time when “I” was lost, but now I’m found, made new in Jesus Christ. Am I still broken…Yes! We are ALL broken sinners, in need of God’s grace and mercy. Even though I’m a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, I still need God’s grace, forgiveness, and direction, every day of my life.
I want the life I live, to be a living testimony, of how much I love God, and how he’s changed MY life! I want not just the lost, but all those I come in contact with to know…HOW I AM LOVING MY JESUS!
I am far from perfect, but I want to strive to be more like Jesus Christ. When other people see me, I want them to question, “What is different about you?” I want what you have! “What is the peace that shines around you?” Can you share with me how to receive it? “What is it that makes you speak differently?” Can you help me find it? The best way for us to demonstrate this thing is…LOVING OUR JESUS, before others.
Loving my Jesus is a song by Casting Crowns. Let the lyrics and video speak to your heart and soul today Friends
I was a wandering soul
Traveling a well-worn road
A sinner so far from home
No second chance in sight
I heard You call my name
I felt You lift my shame
And I made a vow that day
That I’d spend the rest of my life
Loving my Jesus
Showing my scars
Telling my story of how mercy
Can reach You where You are
And I pray the whole world hears
The cry of my heart
Is to see all the ones I love
Loving my Jesus
Sin tries to make you hide
Whispers that same old lie
Keep all your pain inside
‘Cause no one will understand
The last thing this lost world needs
Is someone I’m trying to be
The truth that has set me free
Is that I’m just a broken man
When all is said and done
When my last song’s been sung
I stand face to face with the One
Who gave all for me
May all I have to show
Be all that mattered most
Making Your great name known
Let this be my only legacy
Y’all, don’t be ashamed to let others know, just how much the love of God has changed your life. You and I may be the ONLY light for Jesus Christ, that they may come in contact with. Our world today is lost, hurting, and broken, and they’re crying out for help, whether they realize it or not. Mercy can reach you where you are, and whatever you’ve done. Jesus Christ’s blood shed on Calvary has sealed that truth.
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.