A year and a half ago I began to deal with the mess my life was in. I turned to GOD. Being a PK (preacher's kid) all my life, I was use to being in church, and in God's word. I had grown some as a Christian over the years, but I never knew how little I had grown. I was in church every time the doors were open. I sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, lead VBS, even worked in our church library. I was involved in the activities in church all my life. But, was that what God wanted out of me? Apparently NOT!
I did not have a clue as to a real relationship with the Father was like. Oh, I thought I knew him. I prayed, didn't I? I went to church, and said my prayers. But, I had no idea the LOVE, let me stress that word again, L-O-V-E that our Holy Father has for us!!! Romans 5:8 "but God showed his great love for us by sending his son to die for us while we were still sinners"
Let me break it down like this: I have a son who is now 17. He is the most precious thing on this earth to me. Would I allow him to be beaten, scoffed, tortured, mocked, and then hung on a cross in public viewing, for a murderer? How about a prostitute? If this person could come to know Christ if my son died, would I let him suffer and die for someone so lowly, vulgar, and unworthy of love??? Well, God did! He loved us so much that He sent his son to this earth to become human! He loved us so much that he allowed him to die on the cross for OUR sins. My sins. It blows my mind. I think I love,.... have love,.... express love. I haven't a clue of God's genuine love for me. The word LOVE appears in the King James Version over 300 times alone. If you add up the other forms such as loving, loveth...etc, there are over 500 times love is referred. So I believe that God is LOVE. If his word is about love and he tells us he loves us, and how we are to love each other, then..... shouldn't we read this book!
I am one hard headed woman! I thought I had this religion thing down pat. I was moving and shaking "Robyn's" religion all over the place. I was justified and moralized and just plain STUPID-fied..... I thought I had a relationship with God. I thought I knew what being a Christian was all about.... but let me share this. I KNEW NOTHING! and you know what.... I am just barely beginning to see the pure joy that having a true relationship with Christ is all about.
God did not NEED me. I needed Him. One of my favorite verses has been Psalms 40:2...."He brought me out of the pit of destruction......" I was in a pit. I was not growing in Christ. I was clicking along thinking everything was just wonderful...........and BAM. Nope, God has some RADICAL CHANGES to make in my life. Thank God, he loves me enough to help me make the necessary changes I need to make. And, He is there to be with me step by step, minute, by minute, side by side.
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)