All my life I’ve talked the talk, but I’ve never really walked the walk. While I have been consistent in my studies and extra-curriculars, I have been inconsistent in my faith. While I came to Christ around age 5 in my kitchen with my mom, I never truly grasped the concept of faith, nor did I pursue it. Instead, I focused on sports, getting grades that my parents would be proud of, girls that wouldn’t even give me the time of day, and friendships that were never going to last. I went to church nearly every Sunday, and youth-group every Sunday night. I always went to the summer church camps, and the fall and winter retreats, but other than that temporary spiritual high, I hadn’t really been doing anything to further my relationship with Christ.
When I came to college, I fell into the same hole that many students do. Without mom and dad waking me up at 9am to go to service, I had no determination to go to church. I had accepted Christ as my savior, I had that “get out of jail free card,” pocketed it, and simply carried on putting my time and effort into meaningless entities. You know what? I went around like that for the entirety of my Freshman year, thinking that I was simply doing just “good enough” to get by and make myself look like the Christian son that my parents had always wanted me to be. I did this, and was ‘okay’ with where I was spiritually, but in my life in general, I’ve always been left wanting more. I didn’t know quite what it was, but I knew something was missing.
Towards the end of my second semester, Nick and I had been running through a devotional called Cojourners with a couple guys, and after the meeting he asked me if I would have any interest in leading a Fraternity Bible Study. I’d always felt as though I would make a good leader, but I never thought I of all people would be asked to lead spiritually. His question really got me thinking, I mean, of course I’d love to do that. It’s a wonderful opportunity, but am I really the right guy for the job? That’s where things started to change for me.
As the summer came and went, I thought a lot about what leading a Bible Study would look like, what I would look like, and I knew I needed to make a change. It’s hard to talk the talk to others, but not walk the walk yourself. This was my biggest fear. I wanted to lead, but did not believe that I would be able to lead with my actions.
Once we set the date for the Bible Study to begin, and actually started to dive into the scripture, I saw the change in my life. While I always believed in Christ, I was never truly committed. Through this opportunity to lead, a new fire was lit inside me for God, and to further His kingdom. As the weeks go by, everything seems to be falling into place, I am growing spiritually, and continue to grow as a person. Despite my flaws and failures, I know that God is with me, that he will use me to make an impact, and that through him, I will be fulfilled.
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.