I have attended 5 Glory of Christmas’s at NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, MI and they are always amazing, touching and a beautiful presentation! The Senior Pastor Brad Powell even mentioned my first blog post in his opening talk a year ago, I was very humbled that he had taken the time to read it.
But this made me start thinking about the amazing things that God has done in my life over the past few years. I have grown more in this time of my life than any other time that I can remember, and it has changed me, my outlook, my philosophy, how I interact with others, everything.
If 6 years ago someone would have told me that I would have traded in my sports watching for Bible reading, my bar time for small group, my foul mouth for a mouth of praise and witnessing, my “Parental Warning” music for Christian Rock music, my mindless TV for Care Ministries, my selfishness for advocating for the poor, the orphans and widows of the world through volunteer service to World Vision, I would have told them they had bumped their head. I liked my life and I didn’t want it to change, but it did, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t change me, He changed me and I praise Him for that every day.
It’s funny, I always knew that I needed my Savior in my life, but I was only willing to give Him an hour or so on Sunday’s and I considered myself a good Christian. Looking back on it now, I think I was afraid to give myself to Him completely because I was afraid of what He would “take” from me, not even considering what He had already “done” for me and wanted to “give” to me. Now that I have unwrapped the amazing gift He gave to me, to all of us willing to accept it, I so wish I hadn’t waited so long, but I thank God I didn’t wait any longer.
Oh and all those things that I was afraid to lose, I don’t even remember why I enjoyed them, they added nothing to my life. They brought about brokenness, depression, ruined relationships, addictions, feelings of insecurity, and the list goes on….to think I was worried that Jesus would take those things away still boggles my mind!
If you haven’t given your life to Christ and you want freedom from your brokenness, please take the time right now to let Him in to your life, I promise the gift He has for you will be better than anything He takes away. Just pray, Father, I know that I have sinned and I ask for forgiveness, I need You in my life, I know that You gave Your only Son to the world to die for our sins and that You raised Him up on the third day to fulfill the scriptures, I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and ask Him to come in to my life and heal me of my brokenness, please send Your Holy Spirit to live in me and let me be a light to bring others to faith in You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
If you said that prayer, welcome brother or sister to eternal life with our Savior, Jesus Christ, there are plenty of places that you can get next steps from, one very good suggestion would be to find a church family, a great place to start would be http://www.willowcreek.com/ at the top, click on “Find a Church” and if the first one you try doesn’t feel comfortable, try another until you find a home.