I’ve been walking with Jesus for almost ten years now, and the transformation is simply amazing. The fact that I’m able to teach ladies the bible and have a strong biblical marriage and ministry is nothing short of a miracle. If you’ve ever doubted that God can use your mess of a life, take comfort in the fact that if he can redeem mine, he’ll do the same for yours if you ask him.
I was 29 when I first heard the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the overwhelming grace and love of God for a filthy sinner like me, that led me to repentance and brought me to faith in Jesus. I came to Jesus on his terms and not my own. I sought a relationship with the One and Only True God, not a religion, or a quick fix for my problems.
After hearing of all Jesus had done for me, while I was blaspheming his name and living in sin, how he was beaten and spit upon, scourged to the bone, and nailed to a bloody cross in agony and shame for my sin, how he died but rose again from the grave in glorious victory to make a way for me to be reconciled to the holy Father, and how he is coming again soon, my heart was crushed and I was broken over my separation from God.
He did all that for me…a selfish, alcoholic, prideful, controlling, sinner. The weight of my sin was more than I could bear. I bowed my knee to Jesus Christ as Lord of my life.
I cried out for God to forgive me, wash me, renew me, and transform me into a vessel for his glory. He’s doing that faithfully day after day.
My life to that point had been a complete waste of time. Now I had a purpose, to bring God the glory he deserves each and every day of my life. I vowed to serve Jesus with all of my heart, to love him with all that I am, to go wherever he sends, do whatever he asks, and speak whatever he gives me to share.
My husband gave his life to Christ within that month, and we got baptized the following month, in one of our first faith steps of obedience. We were discipled by our pastor and his wife, and trained in the ministry by a couple who is very dear to our hearts, we went on mission trips to get a world vision (India is our fave!), and we completed a four year Bible Institute at our home church to prepare us for vocational ministry. We’re currently in the process of planting a bible believing church in our area.
It’s not always pleasant, but living life on purpose for Christ is powerful, and so rewarding. We’re looking forward to crowns in Heaven and hearing those sweet words from Jesus that every believer longs to hear- “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord”.
If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to spend some time reading the book of John to discover who God is as Jesus declares him to the world. Then read the book of Romans to see yourself as God sees you-a sinner in need of a Savior. Cry out to God in repentance and faith, believing in who Jesus is and his finished work to save you, and surrender your life to Christ today! It’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.