I have a wonderful story to share with everybody.
I was in high school then and had been going to church for most of my life, but I never understood what it meant to me and I always thought it was just one of those things I had to do because I’ve grown accustomed to doing it. But it was during a summer camp that I first heard some young adults call out Jesus in such a personal way that brought me to question my own faith: Do I know this Jesus I always hear in Sunday School and how come they know him like he was their friend, their Father?
Up until that time, I did consider Jesus as God, but distant and far away. But I wanted what these people had – a personal, vibrant relationship with Him that even allows them to call out to him as their own Father. I didn’t know Jesus had that many sides to him, and when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior that December of 1999, I began to learn more about him. Add to that, I understood why this relationship was unlike any other. It’s not religion. It’s not a list of to-dos. It’s really a relationship that has unconditional merits and grace from God to us. It’s a relationship that puts premium on forgiveness. In fact, it was forgiveness that allowed us to have a relationship in the first place. It’s a relationship that makes us spiritually whole, never lacking, never empty and never needing any other purpose in life. It’s a relationship that seeks out the best for us.
I’ve learned so far that even when things don’t make sense, in the grand scheme of things, they do! All things work together for good of those who love him and are called by His purpose. (Rom. 8:28). I love that because it helps me put faith even in the things that are hurtful. It’s a relationship that is made for eternity, and it blows my mind every time I think about how God made each of us uniquely and beautifully, and for the purpose of enjoying eternity with Him!
Would you also care to know who Jesus is to you? :-)