If you asked me that question a couple of years ago I would have told you about how God helped transformed my family from brokenness, poverty and alcohol abuse. How having experienced that transformation led to a drawing of my heart towards God.
Thinking of it now I realize the story would have drawn your emotions and maybe led you towards God for receiving rather than knowing Him. God’s ability to transform our lives, stands true and cannot be erased. However having walked with God I realize that answering the question of ‘ Why, God? ‘ with the answer to what He did for me, limits the reality of who God is and even more what my relationship to Him is.
“My relationship with God is more than an experience of transformation in my family, it is the epitome of who I am and the very center of who I was created to be. It holds everything together for me and glues every fragment of my identity to the very core of Gods heart.”
It took my families transformation to realize I was in need of God. It opened my eyes to the reality that above my family there is a God who cares for my well being and has a better plan than what we may have thought up. Having gone to church as a kid and heard every Sunday school story and church preaching. I still remember the church being slightly boring and me being there because of my parents and to meet my friends. The church I believe only introduces God to you, but it is an encounter with God that truly transforms & keeps you coming to fellowship, it is after the transformation does the understanding of going to church become clearer.
“A relationship with God is not birthed as an inheritance from your family or tradition of your culture or from the doctrine of your church. Anyone who has established a relationship with God like that will quickly tell you how they fell out of any connection with God.”
This is because relating with God out of human efforts renders Gods grace towards us, void. So where did the encounter happen? The moment I realized how undeserving I was that God in his goodness would care so much about me to give his son to die for me. I was 12 when the love of God found me and in one decision opened my heart to Jesus and accepted adoption into Gods family as His child. It would take me years to understand the full depths of what had happened that night. In that one night, God got ripped off, for what He got in return was a broken vessel, that would grow into fear, make many mistakes, live below the call & even at times take grace for granted. Yet God in all these things still accepted me, deemed me worthy of this perfect love and through His word keeps building me into a vessel able to carry this message of redemption, freedom, adoption, and salvation.
The Love Letter
His love letter to us, the word, it is written,
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted..”
it then goes on to say.
“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look… Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”
Why God? Because His love saw me worthy, reached down, healed me and made me new. It took my place, was ripped off but saw me worth it. Jesus redeemed me, adopted, liberated and saved me. This is my why God!
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John 3:16-18 MSG
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 MS