In talking with my parents for a little while this past evening, I decided I would share a little about everything that God is doing in my life here at Liberty.
I strongly believe that when I am able to open up to whoever decides to read my posts, they are able to see Christ reflecting through my words. If my life reflects anything but Christ, my life is in vain and my efforts are worthless. So Mom and Dad, I hope you are able to find true joy in my words and rejoice that you have raised a boy into a man simply by instilling the values of Christianity and the importance of a relationship with Jesus. Through our Savior Jesus Christ, I have grown, and will continue to grow, into a true man of God.
Throughout my life, one of the most crippling darts Satan has thrown at me is the lie that I am inadequate, that my life will not have any impact on this world. In my first few weeks at Liberty, I have been able to share my testimony with many students and been there to listen to many testimonies from my classmates as well. The devil tries to deceive me by saying that my testimony isn't anything special because I grew up in the church. He tells me that because I didn't experience any traumatic events, my story is insignificant, that my story is not powerful. But let me tell you this, any story where Christ saves someone from their sin is worthy of fanfare and celebration in Heaven. I believe that every time someone surrenders their life to Christ as Lord, the angels in Heaven sing out a glorious praise to God saying, "Glory, Glory, Glory to the One who is worthy! He has saved yet another person for the Kingdom!" Although my story may not be as devastating in this worlds standard, understand that anyone turning from their sin to a Holy and Righteous God is reason enough to celebrate. God has shown me that my story is powerful and my decision to follow God across the country to a new school is proof of His power in me.
I've come to realize how important brotherhood is in the Christian faith. There's a reason why Jesus only had twelve men in His group and three in His inner circle. We were made for relationship with others and I think that some of the most God-glorifying relationships are those of the brother and sister in the faith friendships. We don't understand how important these relationships are until we begin to see our spiritual growth increase. As we grow closer to others in the body, we find that our strength in the Spirit is greatly increased. That is not by mere coincidence. Throughout the New Testament it talks of how when the apostles and saints were gathered together, numbers grew and the people were strengthened. The body of believers is not meant to do life alone. We are called to gather with those that are in the Spirit to exhort and encourage them. Through these relationships, God gets the glory and we are able to praise Him together.
Each and every day I am able to recount several things that I am thankful for. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to study something I am passionate about, that I have the ability to worship with the Church free of shame or embarrassment, that before every class begins we pray, that I am able to build relationships with almost every person I encounter, simply because we share the same Savior, that I have such an opportunity to be a witness to others and the grace God so freely gives. The list goes on, but I want you to understand that we serve a God that loves us so much and chooses to bestow blessings upon us. Never stop seeking His blessing, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
God's faithfulness has shown through so clearly in my first few weeks at Liberty and I know that it will only continue. God is so worthy of the glory He deserves and I pray that my life only reflects that truth.
Mom and Dad, as well as every reader of He Calls Me Son, know that I love you and I am praying for you. If you have never had your deepest questions about Christianity and who Jesus really is answered, Facebook me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to help you on your journey to finding truth.