You know, it’s interesting. There is archeological evidence of Jesus’ existence. There isn’t much argument over that these days. There IS argument over His deity. It doesn’t matter much to some people that He blatantly called Himself the Son of God. Either Jesus was crazy or He was telling the truth. People still like to say that Jesus was a “good” man. But His answer to that would be, “You call me good? Only God is good.”
My Jesus is the Son of God, and that God is REAL. How do I know? Because I am a changed life. Let me prove it to you.
Growing up, I was a very shy child. I didn’t like to talk to people, unless I knew them well. I didn’t play outside much. I had my nose buried in a book. I was the teacher’s pet. I’d rather help in the classroom and grade papers than go outside for recess. In middle school I would help the librarian re-shelve books so I didn’t have to deal with “middle school girl politics.” Don’t get me wrong. I had friends, although few. I was made fun of and teased quite a bit. I was the wall flower.
I grew up in church and I had all the “head knowledge” a church could cram into a young person. I jumped through the hoops. I won the awards. But when I was in 7th grade I met God…for REAL. And I have never been the same since. I believed that God had sent Jesus to walk this earth, that He died on the cross for my sins, and rose up from the grave after three days. I still believe this. And it’s through this saving power of the blood of Christ that allows me to die to myself and come alive in Jesus and become the person whom He wants me to be.
This is how I am living proof! I am not as I was! I am a changed person! Not only am I free from the chains of sin, but I am free from the chains that cause me to be weak.
When I was saved in 7th grade, I started doing things I NEVER would have done. TWICE I volunteered to lead the chapel service at my Christian middle school. In high school I tried out to sing in ensembles each year and MADE IT each time! My senior year I sang my first solo in front of the entire school assembly. I look back at those years and think, “Where did the courage to do all of that come from?”
During college I did behave as Jonah though. I ran from where God wanted me. As Jonah did, I went in the opposite direction. As opposite as I could get! Everyone, FOR YEARS, always told me, “You will be a teacher just like your mother.” I didn’t like that! Not that I didn’t want to be like my mom. I love my mom! But I didn’t want to do what everyone assumed I was going to do! Call it my rebellious streak. So I went military. Air Force to be exact. I think I blew everyone away when I told them I had an Air Force scholarship. And in Meteorology, no less! My plan was to fly through hurricanes!
But God doesn’t allow His “changed lives” to wander too far from Him. He grabbed a hold of me and pulled me back to where I needed to be. This time He started revealing Himself to me in mighty ways through His scripture. The stories became Truths, and those Truths became heart transforming treasure.
Do you know what God has turned a shy, mousy, wall flower girl into? A light. (Know my heart, Reader! I am typing this with tears streaming down my face.) I am NOT the person I was. I am a broken clay vessel out of which God’s light shines. His treasure burns in my heart and the power for me to do ANYTHING comes from a God who is alive and true.
Do you know what the power of God has done in my life? Not only has God forgiven me and allowed me to have a personal relationship with Him, but He has chosen me to be a teacher of His word to children and adults. He has given me the ability to sing his Truths in front of people on my own and with the praise band. He has given me leadership positions which have allowed me to speak His Truths in front of large groups of people.
All of that stuff terrifies the mousy little girl inside, but with the resurrection power of Jesus within me, I can roar like a lion.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” ~~ 2 Corinthians 4:7