A little over a decade ago, I became a disciple of Jesus Christ. I can’t imagine life any other way. God fills up my life so completely, with incredible blessings, yes, but also difficult challenges that help me to grow and seek him further, and strong promises that get me through the hard times. I also have an awesome, wise, loving church family, and even though we’re all imperfect, I can see how God uses us in each others’ lives and how he transforms us to be more like him.
I believe that Jesus is God’s son, that he lived a human life here on earth, called us to a new radical standard, died for our sins, and was raised back to life, where many people testify that they saw him before he went back to heaven. I believe that being a Christian and a disciple (or follower) of Jesus are the exact same thing. I’m still working on understanding grace and what God expects from me, but the more I learn, the more amazed and encouraged I become.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2: 4-10