And then Jesus

woman-above-white-boardWe’re more alike than you think. No matter what your story is, I can relate—really! ‘Cause you see, when it comes to Jesus throwing out the life-preserver, we’re all in the same boat.

I used to think that gut-wrenching tales of life before Jesus were better than mine; intense drama just seemed more interesting. One, the contrast between then and now got everyone’s attention. (Let’s face it: My “saved as a kid” story never wowed the masses.) And God’s love for a former drug addict, for example—“He cherished her, even in her rebellion!”—was a beautiful picture of Christ’s sacrifice.

So what’s my version of Ava before Jesus? Once upon a time I would have said, “Life’s always been good to me. Boring, actually. Christian parents, lots of love, no childhood traumas.” But lately I’m sharing a much more accurate story. One that’s a lot like yours.

Before I met Jesus, my future was dark. God was not yet my Father, Christ was not yet my hope. Sickness inside me festered, continuing to spread. What kind of sickness, you ask? Same as everyone’s: Sin. And like everyone else, I couldn’t stop the disease, no matter how I tried. I was literally dying from it.

And then Jesus.

Sickness is gone, healed from my plight.

Darkness flees in the presence of Light.

Unworthy before, now worthy in Christ.

So what’s your story? Guaranteed, the first chapter’s like mine. I hope, though, that a subsequent page starts with, “And then Jesus,” when the Savior scooped you up, cleaned you up, and set you up on a grace-filled adventure. What a testimony! (And a crowd pleaser, for sure.) So let’s get to talking: If yours is not a story worth telling, then I don’t know what is.

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“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation….”

1 Peter 1:3

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