Spring has SPRUNG! Yippee!I can’t tell you how much I love Spring. The Spring flowers, smells, breezes, thunderstorms (Yes, oddly enough I love a good thunderstorm.) In honor of Spring, I have for you today A Spring Devotional: The Beginning of Something New.
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A Spring Devotional:The Beginning of Something New
I have to tell you where it began.
I grew up in church. A small rural town with a church on every other corner. Population at approximately 2500. Everyone knows you, you know everyone kind of place. The church I grew up in, well let’s just say if you live in the vicinity and you are family, well you come to church. My great grandmother helped establish this church. My grand-dad was head deacon, then my Dad head deacon. My mom played the organ. So as you can imagine, we were basically raised in this church. 3 times a week, at least, I was at this church. It was here that I learned sign language, learned how to sing, learned about the Bible, and learned about having a real relationship with God. In this church I did hear lot of “hell, fire, and brimstone” preaching.
If you didn’t grow up in church that basically means “You are going to hell if you don’t repent”. Now, that is true and all, but let’s just say the tactic was scaring you out of Hell into Heaven. One night at a revival meeting half of the youth went forward to get saved. I didn’t want to be left out, so me and my twin sister both “got saved”.
In church lingo that means we prayed the sinner’s prayer:
A. Admit to God you are a Sinner.
B: Believe that Jesus is God’s Son.
C: Confess your faith in Jesus as Your Savior and Lord.
We then got baptized with everyone else on that Sunday. But this isn’t where it began.
It wasn’t until at the age of 14 that I got it settled. For years I struggled with fear, anxiety, worry. Over various things. It was exhausting. But, on that Monday night at church camp on July 14 I will never forget what happened. The preacher had delivered the message and I was so tired of all of it that I did this:
Lord, I’m sorry for all my sins. For the wrong I’ve done. I believe in You Jesus that You are my Savior. You died and arose from the grave for me. I ask You to be my Savior and Lord.
At that moment a 100 lb weight was taken off of my shoulders. It was the Beginning of something New.
After that moment I haven’t let up or looked back. Because I know, I know He saved me. He saved me from Hell. He saved me from separation from God. All because of love. He loved me so much that not only did He die and rise again, but every choice He made was all done so He could pave the way for all of humanity to be united with God.
It was the beginning of something new in me.
Everything I’ve ever been through, all the hard stuff and all the good have made me to be the Christian I am today. A new creation in Christ. A real relationship, not just insurance. Me talking to God through prayer. Him talking to me through His Word and the power of His Holy Spirit. Since I am a new creature in Christ, it’s not about me anymore. It’s about sharing Him, His love, His compassion, His mercy, His desire for all people to have a relationship with Jesus. That’s what I’m about. That’s something I have to work on everyday, every hour, every minute of my life. Getting past myself and getting my eyes on Jesus and others.
I’m not perfect. I don’t do it all right. I’m selfish sometimes, well if I’m being honest a lot. But I am constantly trying to do this:
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
I would love to hear from you! Did you grow up in church? What is your background like? No judgement here, just great discussion. Since it is Spring and the Beginning of Something New I had to share what made me new. I hope you enjoyed it 🙂