I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta where wealth and worldly success blinded me from knowing I ever had need. I found my worth in my athletic and academic accomplishments, in my car, in my savings account. I honestly thought that God’s love was extended to me because of how good I was - I mean how could he not ? What a lie! Even still, God graciously loved me as a good, good Father and revealed to me that the wages of my sin were death but the gift of His grace was eternal life! (Romans 6:23) There is no other king that would leave his throne for rebellious sinners like me and you.
I continue to marvel at how God has brought me to this place in my faith but here I am, fully convinced that Jesus died, rose again, conquered sin, and is seated on the throne at the right hand of God. I know He is the treasure worth selling everything for and invites every single one of us to be harvesters for his eternal Kingdom, co-workers with Him. There is no higher calling, no more meaningful work, no greater identity. I've learned that a life detached from the mission of God is insignificant.
I now know that the words of Isaiah prophesied about Jesus are now spoken to every single one of us who profess faith in Jesus Christ and have been given his Spirit. May we all have ears to hear.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,becausethe Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening ofthe prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God. Isaiah 61:1-2
Persevering until the very end, Dylan