I want to take some time today to not only share my story but to talk about the importance of sharing my story.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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 for YOU and 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 and 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.
Sharing My Story: My Salvation
One evening Pastor Jim Canasta was doing the preaching and 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 Pastor, Jim 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.
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.
Read My Personal Testimony. It was the best decision I’ve ever made and 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 valleys but it’s all necessary for our sanctification in becoming more like Jesus Christ.
My whole point in this blog post is this:
I should be sharing my story 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!
Telling how God has protected us from harm when we didn’t even realize he was doing so!
Sharing our life stories and how far God has brought us!
We shouldn’t be afraid to show just how broken we truly are!
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?
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?
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 about hesitating when it comes to sharing my story!
Recently I found myself surrounded by a conversation that I had no business being around but I stayed nevertheless and I justified it by thinking I wasn’t joining the conversation so I was “good!”
However, I should’ve been Loving My Jesus by getting up and walking away, therefore, making 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.”
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 my life 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
In sharing my story it’s letting others know just how much the love of God has changed my life and you can do the same. Just think of how many people we can reach in doing so!
You and I may be the ONLY light for Jesus Christ that they may come in contact with so consider how God wants to use you too.
People of the World are lost, hurting, and broken, and are 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.