I grew up believing in the Bible. I believed the Gospel was true. I knew many “Bible stories” by heart. I sang worship songs. I grew up in the church. There may have been a time that I put my trust in the Lord in childlike faith, but I was not actively pursuing Him.
I went through a period of rebellion in high school when I started buying into the “follow your heart” mantra of life. I knew God’s way was best, I knew honoring my parents was ultimately honoring the Lord, but my priorities were most important to me. I didn’t think my sin was “that bad” compared to most people.
Eventually I felt and saw the cause and effect of living for myself, and it was so eye-opening. For the first time in my life, I fully saw the depravity and wretchedness of my sin, and realized how desperately I needed Jesus. It brought me to my knees before God and I declared faith in Him and surrendered my life to the Lord.
I have so much J O Y because of Jesus!!!
My relationship with Him means everything to me. Every good thing in this world combined would not be enough to satisfy and fulfill me. Only He does that. Even in the toughest of circumstances God is faithful and will always be with me. And I get to spend eternity with Him!! Wow!!
I have felt a heart change and spiritual hunger to honor the Lord that felt impossible before I surrendered my life to Him because it is not possible in my own strength. I wrote in my journal after I gave my life to God, “God has truly changed my heart because I feel a connection–I never let myself go of everything. Until today!…I don’t just feel sorry, I feel reconciled. This is truly a revival of my soul.”
My life verse. No matter how wonderful or how hard it is to follow Christ, His ways are always best.