“…you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.”
What a blessing to grow up in a strong Christian household, where my father and my older sister modeled Christ for me. At the ripe old age of 8, I knew who Jesus was and what He had done for me, and I loved Him. I accepted His sacrifice for my sins and asked Him to save me. And He did.
Because He died for me, I wanted to live for Him. I wanted to be like my sister and be a living testimony to others. But I kept messing up, causing feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness to plague me. Thus, at every revival or youth trip, I walked the aisle and rededicated myself to Christ with the promise of doing better. But, alas, I couldn’t do it. Mistake followed mistake followed mistake…
Just after I turned 15, I attended a youth retreat to Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. There God revealed to me the nexus of my problem: I was saved but not surrendered. I still thought of Christianity as a religion not a relationship, and I was trying to live by a set of do’s and don’ts instead of by the Spirit.
So on August 21, 1974, I stopped living for Christ; instead, I started learning how to let Christ live through me. I stopped wanting to do good for God and started wanting to know God. What a difference! Since that time, I’ve been perfect! No, not really. I still mess up — quite a lot actually — but rather than pursuing perfection, I’m pursuing a Person and my perfection rests in Him.
God is not only my Savior and my Lord, He’s also my friend – and what a friend He is!
When I fall, He catches me.
When I sin, He chastens me.
When I feel anxious, He calms me.
When I’m hurt, He comforts me.
He never fails me,
never disappoints me,
never ignores me.
He’s my protector and my provider,
my strength and my song,
my love and my joy.
Oh, how I love Him!
And that’s what I try to pass on through Live Up! Ministries. I want help Christians know this mighty God of ours, to grow in their relationship with His precious Son, and to learn to walk in the power of His Spirit. I want to encourage “question mark Christians” to stop walking around with eyes downcast, heads hanging, and hearts burdened and to start looking up, living up, and being exclamation marks for God!
“Only let us LIVE UP to what we have already attained [in Christ].”
Philippians 3:16 (emphasis mine)
Only let us LIVE UP to what we have already attained [in Christ Jesus].