Do you remember when you decided to follow Christ?
Do you remember what feelings overcame you? Were you just in awe that Christ would actually die for you and take away all the wrong things you have ever done? Did you feel unworthy but at the same time overjoyed that Jesus died just to forgive you? When did that realization happen for you? Do you remember the events that led up to it or the time and the place? What brought you to the point of surrendering your life to Christ?
Maybe, you truly surrendered when you came back to Christ?
Sometimes, our faith journeys are initially like a yo-yo – close to Jesus and then far away. But then He does something to bring us back to Him. Our hearts begin to understand more than before what it means for Him to love us and for us to love Him back. Sometimes, this is just us maturing in our faith and our hearts growing more in love with Him day by day. Other times, it literally takes us turning back to Christ after going away.
Either way, it brings us new life in a way that we have never known. It’s exciting to see that we are never more than one step away from Christ. We can turn our lives around at any moment. Jesus is always there to call us back home, even if we go astray for a while.
There is nothing more joyous for Him than for those he loves (and he loves everyone) to come home to him.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Jesus, Luke 19:10
The Best Life is only One Step Away
It doesn’t matter how far you’ve gone
Mercy says you don’t have to keep running down the road you’re on
Love’s never met a lost cause
Your shame, lay it down
Leave your ghosts in the past ‘cause you know that you can’t go back
But you can turn around
You’ve never been more thanOne step away from surrenderOne step away from coming home, coming home
One step from arms wide open
His love has never let you go-Casting Crowns, “One Step Away”
When I hear Casting Crown’s song, “One Step Away,” I can’t help but praise God and thank him for letting us walk away from our shame and enjoy the name Child of God, Redeemed by His son! What about you?
The great news is that this isn’t just for us…IT IS FOR EVERYONE! God’s most amazing gift is being able to wipe away all the shame that the devil tries to pile on us, so that we can see Christ’s outstretched arm calling us to a life filled with mercy, grace, love, redemption, and ultimate forgiveness.
We are never far from God’s love and forgiveness no matter how much the devil tries to convince us otherwise. The devil wants us to believe that we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness and because of what we’ve done, we will have destroyed any hope of forgiveness. But Christ proves that is simply not true.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
Share Your Story
God has given us such an amazing gift in Jesus Christ and we want to rekindle the excitement in sharing the good news with others by sharing testimonies as to how He brought people to Him.
Now, the word testimony might make you shy away but in truth all it’s about is sharing your story. How God worked in your life or is working in your life now to continue to bring you to Him and grow your faith. In sharing these stories with others we not only glorify God and all that He is doing but we encourage others in their faith and even plant seeds of faith where none might currently exist.
So will you share your story? Share it personally with someone today, this week, this month!
Every time you share how God is working in your life with others, you will get excited and be reminded of just how amazing our Lord and Savior is. Encourage someone to step towards Christ!