Jesus Changed My Life

I always loved God. As a girl, I went to Sunday School where felt boards were my favorite.

Later in childhood, my family got wrapped up in an organization that claimed to be Christian—but they taught heresy about Jesus, saying he wasn’t God, just a necessary, good person—but one who did not deserve exaltation. They taught I had to memorize the Bible and know it and be able to explain it and that I had to do things according to certain specific rules to be a good Christian.

I knew the Bible but I was blind, full of pride and weighed down by the heavy burden of judging others and working hard for God’s approval.

Wrongly interpreted, the Bible became a lifeless tool used to manipulate, condemn, and control people desperate for hope and belonging.

Lost sheep though we were, Jesus—the Good Shepherd—came for my family. I was a young teenager when my mother told me one night, “Don’t ever be afraid to say the name of Jesus.” It was like a pin prick that undid my weary, sinful soul. I knew all my years of striving had been in search of Jesus. He’d been so close and I’d missed Him. But He hadn’t lost me. Christ began the long, patient work of forgiving and restoring my family. And He made us part of His.

The Bible transformed in a moment. Passages I’d known for years held new meaning I’d missed before. Jesus was CENTRAL to all of salvation, fully God and fully human, alive and praying to God for me and His church, loving me even when I’d said terribly untrue things about Him. Pursuing me while I had rejected Him. Forgiving me when I didn’t deserve it. And He gave me a family of believers who helped me realize how much God wanted me to be in community not just with Him but also with others. I could call fellow followers of Christ my sisters and my brothers—and they welcomed me in though I’d spent years pushing them away.

The Bible became a source of joy, not a weight to carry and a burden to study. Pouring over God’s Words helped me grow in a real relationship with my living Savior who showered me in grace. I no longer had to know every answer to earn my way to God’s favor. I knew the One who had all the answers, and I could rest in Him.

Nothing could separate me from His love, not even my sin or ignorance or shame.

Jesus freed me. Jesus changed my life.

Today, I live as an ambassador for Christ in a broken world desperate for hope and healing. My true home is God’s kingdom, but He is still with me in this world, helping me through.

If you don’t know Jesus, or know if you will be in heaven when you die, or you just want to be set free from sin or shame or guilt or heavy burdens, then you can be saved. Jesus came for you. Though perfect and blameless, He died on a cross and suffered the punishment for all of your sin. He loved you first. And then He rose again—He resurrected, conquering death and the grave.

When Jesus Christ came to life, his followers and the witnesses of His resurrected body wrote all about it. You can read about Jesus’ life in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These historical accounts tell us the truth about what Jesus did and how much He loves us. When He ascended into heaven, He did so because He wanted to be with His followers all over the world all the time. He could only do that in Spirit—and so those who believe in Jesus are born again, and the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside of us, helping us, comforting us, counseling us. This new life we get when we believe in Jesus cannot die. We can’t lose it. We are sealed for eternity with a heavenly Father who loves us because of the sacrifice of His only Son. We belong to the kingdom of God and are part of God’s family.

As His children, the good Father asks us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s not always easy, but His Spirit within us strengthens us to walk in love and to ask for forgiveness when we don’t.

There is a cost, yes. Surrendering your life to Jesus means you agree to be misunderstood by the world as you choose to follow and worship God instead of people. There will be trouble in this world, but Jesus tells us He has overcome the world. We have a hope that nothing on earth can take away. We can have a peace the world doesn’t understand, even when life is hard. Heaven awaits us—an eternal life free of evil.

Romans 10:9 and 10 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

Friend, if you call upon the name of the Lord Jesus, you will be saved. That is why He gave His life for you, and suffered on your behalf.

Jesus loves you, and He’d love for you to love Him, too, and trust Him to be the Lord of your life.