We live in a world where society and media are trying to tell us what to think, what to believe, and what is and isn’t true. We are fed a million messages every day through social media, advertising, TV shows, magazines, anything and everything, everywhere. So often we eat those messages up without even a little consideration about what we are being fed. We assume it’s all good or healthy without really considering what we are taking in. It comes with no warning labels.
What are you taking in?
The world is constantly feeding us lies and I urge you, fight. Fight hard for the truth. There are lies spinning around us everyday and I pray not a single one soaks into your heart. I believe you're worthy of the truth & I hope you never settle for less than exactly that.
I once thought I knew the truth about this world and the life that I'm living. To be honest, I thought the whole Jesus thing was a trap. It was clear to me you had to give your life up if you wanted to be a Christian and I couldn't see the appeal of giving up my life or what I wanted. I was an independent stubborn girl who knew what (or so she thought) she wanted. And I can tell you giving up what I wanted was definitely not on my wish list. I saw all these Christians living by this book of rules, rules that didn't sound very fun either, and it never made sense.
Yet, everything else I tried to make my truth failed me. Eventually I was at the end of myself. I tried the lies, feasting on them and trying to dish them out to others. I was breaking. I learned that lies only steal, kill, and destroy us from the inside out. I was desperate for something greater than myself. I was living my life dodging these rules I thought Christians lived for, but I had it all wrong. I was missing something.
I thought God was calling me to religion.
He wasn't. And He still isn't. I thought church equaled legalism. I thought I had to clean up my whole life before Jesus could ever want me or love me or before I could come to Him. I couldn't do religion and rules, I knew I would fail; it just never added up. I couldn’t do the rules, and I would never get my whole life cleaned up to come to Him. But then I met God.
I met God one night as I desperately cried out to Him. He answered in a miraculous, wild and crazy way that I never knew possible. He showed me He was real and His love wasn't conditional, like I had always heard the world telling me.
He didn't send his son to die for religion or legalism. He sent His son for me, for me and my sin. So that my sin didn't separate me from the Holy creator of this world. He wanted a relationship with me. He didn't want my religion God wanted me and my heart. Obedience without relationship is pure religion. And I can tell you, He isn't calling you to that. He's calling you to so much more.
My life wasn’t changed because of religion. My life changed because of my relationship with God. He taught me the truth. He showed me what real love is. And as I knew Him more, I changed, my heart changed, my whole life changed because of a relationship, not a religion.
I didn't know. I didn't test what the world was telling me. I had all these wrong ideas. In my head Jesus meant legalism and a life of striving and rules. I can tell you after being on both sides of lies and truth, that's not what Jesus is about. Jesus died for you and me knowing how imperfect we are and will continue to be. But because he did that, we are able to know and to have a relationship with God.
This isn't religion. This is love. That's what Jesus displayed on the cross. Pure unconditional love.
Romans 5:8 tells us He shows his love in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Our sin and our imperfections doesn't stop his love for us. It didn't stop Jesus from sacrificing his life for all of us, its why he did what he did. The world tells us a lot about God and what we should think, but please don't settle for lies. He wants you. Living for Christ means living in freedom when we surrender to him, our lives are transformed to something never possible if we were grabbing on tight to our own lives.
Realizing you’re not in control of your life can be an amazing thing. The thought once caused me to panic and cling tighter, but I've let go. When you realize the one who loves you, loves you more than anyone ever could and knows you more than you even know yourself, who created you and this world, who controls all things, it changes everything.
WSU Chi Alpha Senior