John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
On June 18th, 1990, I met the Lord Jesus Christ underneath some bushes just outside a door at my workplace now 27 years ago. I got up off of my knees a transformed man. I knew I was different. As I grew in my relationship with Him, I went from the view of what I can do FOR Him to who I am IN Him.
Today, I do not serve my God to gain His favor. I do not serve to please Him or fulfill my duty to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:14 “For the love of Christ constraineth us…”
The love that I have been shown, has so overwhelmed my soul, that I cannot help but be moved to want to give something back out of gratitude and indebtedness. In that chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul talks of that constraining love, but then mentions what that love has done for us:
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Whether you were saved as a child of Christian parents, or like me who was saved later in life after the ravages of sin had taken much; we must never forget that the sin that was paid for, was just as vile, just as wicked, and took the precious blood of the Lord Jesus to pay for what you and I could not. It took the pure, perfect, spotless Lamb of God to wipe my slate clean. I was made new in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Many of us found a love that moved us – some to tears and others to joy. But in it all, we experienced a love that is enduring, enveloping and eternal – unconditional. When you and I realize just what it took to redeem us, we will fall to our knees and thank Him, praise Him and worship Him.
Luke 7:47 “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”
Mary Magdalene fully realized just what it was she had been forgiven. It took the same amount of blood to wash away her sins as it did mine or yours. Whether it was one sin or a thousand, there is only one to put into the spotlight – our unbelief. Each of us had to turn from our unbelief to believing: that is what would have damned our souls to Hell.
One of the amazing truths that I remember that broke through to my heart when I struggled to believe, was that all I needed was a mustard seed of faith. I struggled to grasp all of what was presented to me that day, but what I did know was that I needed a Savior. It was if God was saying, “Give me what faith you have and watch what I can do with it!”
Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Now, 27 years later, God has taken me, drawn me close, and shown me more than I could have ever imagined! I get to serve alongside some of the most amazing people! More importantly, I get to serve an awesome God! And it all started with just a little mustard seed of faith.