“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him…” ~ 1 Peter 1:7a
18 years ago today I dedicated my life to follow Jesus. I was 6 years old and we were attending an Easter Sunrise service like a typical family would do for the holiday. I vaguely remember Pastor Greg Laurie (we were attending Harvest Christian Fellowship at the time) offering the invitation to accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your Savior. I was incredibly impacted by this invitation that I tugged on my father’s pants and asked him to take me up there so I could ask Jesus to come into my heart.
For a typical 6 year old, this would be an act of following example since there were hundreds of others responding to Greg’s invitation. But for me, who was not a typical 6 year old, it changed my life forever.
I can confidently say today that I have kept a strong, personal relationship with Christ since I gave my life to him at 6 years old. I have early memories, maybe I was 8 or 9, I had this amazing Adventure bible with technicolor tabs on it that I treasured dearly. I made sure to never write in it or bend any of the pages because I treasured it so much. There was one time my family all came over to have our weekly family bible study and I saw someone highlighting and underlining in their bible I was so surprised by this! I didn’t even know you were allowed to do that in a bible! So I would start highlighting passages I loved, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were just pages of highlighting.
I loved learning all the different stories of the men and women of the Bible that followed and obeyed God, one of my favorites even to this day being Esther. I loved memorizing bible verses in Sunday and I still remember those today.
I had a faith where I heard what this Jesus did and immediately accepted it and believed and still believe today. I never understood why people would fight with such harsh questions about theology or why is God a certain way or why he isn’t a certain way. I didn’t feel the need to dig deeper into trying to understand God fully because I simply knew I was never going to.
In high school I never went to parties, did drugs or got drunk. Sex was a precious gift I guarded very deeply so I didn’t just sleep with anybody. I can confidently say that I have only had sex with the man I am married to and to me that is a huge deal.
In short, I took the Bible seriously and my continuously growing relationship with God seriously all my life. I never knew how to explain that to people except by saying, “I just believe it is true.” I know that sounds completely crazy and you may wonder how do I know it is the truth and honestly all I can say is I just know.
I have countless moments and scenarios where I have felt the Holy Spirit meet me and God speak to me, not in the way of how you and I would speak face to face, but in a special way that those moments have just continued to make my faith stronger.
I never really had a biblical verse completely explain my faith until I recently came across 1 Peter 1:7:
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” ESV
This verse is my faith in a nutshell. I was completely blown away when I came across this beautiful verse that puts my life in faith into perfect words. Although I have never seen Jesus, I love him wholeheartedly. Although I cannot see him right now I BELIEVE.
Granted, even though I have been a Christian all my life I am still NOT a perfect person. I have made mistakes, been in not good relationships, put myself in positions I shouldn’t have, but the beauty of the cross is GRACE. Jesus died on the cross so that we could be FREE from our sin. That’s what this weekend is about right? THIS is why we celebrate this weekend.
And so in honor of Easter weekend and my 18th anniversary of being a follower of Jesus, I thought I would get a little personal and share a piece of my heart with you guys. I hope it was encouraging and if you have any questions you are more than welcome to reach out to me 🙂
Happy Resurrection Sunday. He is RISEN!
He is RISEN indeed.