A Life Affected
My life is part of God’s story. I was a fallen and broken sinner before I heard Christ calling my name. I still find it amazing that God, the creator of the universe, could love me so much that He died on a cross for my sins. The grace He offers me is overwhelming. I have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and belong to God.
God has revealed to me my new identity. I identify the most with being a servant to God. He has given me a desire to glorify His name by being a servant. I find the most joy in my life comes from serving Him in whatever capacity is set before me, whether it is stacking chairs after a church service, or hosting a service on Sunday morning. I delight in the ability to do my God’s bidding.
Being a servant also makes me part of God’s continuing story. By shining His light to the world, God uses me to reach those who need to hear His Gospel. By growing in Christlikeness, I can display His glory. God is using me to further His kingdom, and that is an exciting thought!
Finally, I rest in God’s promise to me. I take comfort in knowing that in the end, He wins. The book of Revelation gives me hope in the power of God and gives me something to look forward to at the end of this life!
A Story Continued
God is in the business of redemption and love. Ever since humanities fall in the Garden of Eden, God has been redeeming His people. The New Testament is an extension of that redemption and love. God has sent His only son to die on a cross that we might be redeemed of our sin through faith in Christ Jesus. God then gives us a new identity as we are reborn as His children. His children are then called into action to be a light unto this world. God ends the New Testament with a promise in the book of Revelation. “Surely I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20 ESV). The beautiful part of this declaration is that His coming doesn’t declare the end, but the beginning of Christians dwelling in His presence for all eternity. God love us, and His desire is for us to spend eternity with Him.
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