Growing up in the church, I don’t have one of those amazing life transformation stories that you hear so often. I never had a drug addiction, my parents are still together, and I had an overall normal life. So why would someone like me, who seems to have everything together, need a savior? How could my life be changed by entrusting it to God?
Well, despite this false perfection, I still felt as though there were something missing in my life. I would constantly strive for the best grades, the best results in my track and field career, and for the attention and acceptance of others. I thought if I could be the best at everything I do, then maybe my life could have purpose and meaning. Yet I still felt empty and lost. I got the top grades, I went to states for track and I became a well-respected leader in many of the organizations that I was a part of, yet I still wasn’t satisfied. I was on a treadmill running towards things to bring me happiness and fulfillment, yet the only thing I was getting was exhausted.
Now this is the exciting part where God comes in! Though I grew up in the church and I always considered my life to be given to God, it wasn’t until high school where I truly took my faith seriously instead of just riding on my parent’s faith. I fully entrusted my life to God and even though it wasn’t as if a switch was flipped, there still have been some incredible changes in my life. The journey has been a slow growing process with gradual changes instead of just one massive one. God has been slowly molding me to be more like Him and to see life through His eyes. Now that I have given my life to him, I no longer have to strive to perfection to feel fulfilled. I know that God loves me whether I get the top grades or not. He has a handle on my life and he knows every portion of my being. I don’t need to tirelessly strive for the acceptance and approval of others because I know the creator of the universe already loves and accepts me. He strives for a relationship with me and in that I can know that I am worthy and I can find my validation in him. I can finally get off the eternal treadmill and actually start walking with God right beside me every step of the way.
My life before God was exhausting and unfulfilling, and my life after giving it all to Him has been purposeful and filled with acceptance and direction. My relationship with God is the one thing that I can count on to never fail me. My changed life story may not be drastic or exciting, but I’m here to tell you that God is ready to love and accept you no matter where you are in life. No one is perfect and everyone needs saving whether it be from addiction or just the tiring cycle of life. God saved me even when I didn’t think I needed saving and my life has been forever changed because of it.
Just like you heard a story of a life changed by Jesus, This could be your story too and it begins by inviting Jesus Christ into your life by faith. The greatest story happened two thousand years ago when God sent his son Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, and to die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This righteousness of God is given “through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:22) so that we can have a personal relationship with God both now and after we die in heaven.
Your story could change in a moment. The Bible says “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This could be your story. You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith. Romans 10:9 says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You can invite Jesus into your life right now by praying this prayer.