Wednesday, May 2, 2007
It's been 24 years since I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord. It's been 24 years since I became a Christian. When I think about it, I think about what made me cling unto this so called "religion" (in reality, it's not a religion but a personal relationship with Christ). One answer comes to mind: it's God's UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
The stages in my 24 years of being a Christian is similar to the stages I went through in my physical life. For example, when I was a baby christian someone had to take care of me. I needed milk, for I can't digest the bread yet. Then I became a toddler christian - I began taking baby steps. Yet I fell so many times. Sometimes with bruises, sometimes I needed stitches and other times I just placed a band aid and it was fine. Nevertheless, I still needed people around me. I needed to be taken cared of. As I continue to grow my understanding of christianity deepened. My relationship with Jesus grew. I learned how to read the Bible and pray....
In all these years, God has always been loving. There are trials and tribulations along the way. However, even tough I was down at times, I have never felt abandoned...not by Jesus.
Now, since God loves me unconditionally, that does gives me a license to eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow I die? No! As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter 6:1-4
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Thank you Lord for your UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for me. Because of that I can walk in newness of life.
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