Josh Roeloffs

Initiative is something I have always valued. I like to show initiative, and I really appreciate it when others show initiative to me or something we are working on. Throughout “my story” and throughout my spiritual journey, I have found the importance of initiative in my relationship with my savior.

Christianity was very familiar to me throughout my life. I am lucky enough to not have any memories of “life before Christ,” because I received Christ in my life when I was 4. Obviously, that first prayer was only the beginning of the journey of my life with Christ. Even though growing up in the church truly is a blessing, it can be difficult at times to make your faith your own. While growing up, my dad was a Pastor, and I went a Christian school from the first day of Kindergarten all the way to high school graduation. I am thankful for every year at the school, but because our faith was often times fed to us each day through teacher’s prayers, weekly chapel, Bible class, and not to mention life group once a week plus church on Sunday…I rarely felt the need to take initiative for my relationship with Christ outside of school.

During the last year or so of high school, I had to make the decision that every student needs to make. Where do I go after high school? I have always felt that God put certain passions in my life, in regards to sports, people, relationships, and discussion. After visits and research, BGSU stuck out, but I didn’t know exactly how it would work since we lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is an 11 and a half hour drive to BG. Not only was the feasibility from a traveling perspective an issue, but the out-of-state costs wasn’t easy either. This was a big moment for my faith, as there were so many unknowns. At the end of the day, I wanted go wherever God was leading me. After a lot of prayer and patience, God provided a fantastic scholarship to make it completely feasible for me to attend BG. It was the answer to the prayer, and an obvious arrow for the direction God had for me.

BGSU has been such a blessing, and I have learned that changed lives change all lives. Even though I have been a Christian for years, the amazing people that have mentored me at BGSU has help reveal God’s intentions to me and has shown me that I need to take more initiative in my relationship with Christ. Even though Christ will meet me wherever I am, I need to ensure that Christ is always on my throne.

Christ has always been first to show initiative to me, whether it was providing me with an amazing Christ-following family, allowing me to attend fantastic schools, or putting the perfect people in my life to encourage me in my walk with Christ.

Even though there have been many ups and downs in my spiritual journey. Salvation is through grace. As Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast.” I always want Christ to be the center of my life, and I believe it is important to invest your time in the Kingdom. Jesus is the water and bread of life, and I want to experience that daily. Because of this, I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me in the years to come!

 

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.

 

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