Before I knew Jesus personally, I was a pretty good kid. I experienced God's love through my family and church, never really questioning His love for me. From my young self's perspective, it was a fact that God loved me and I had no reason to doubt it.
At the age of twelve, Jesus met me at a summer camp in Louisiana, my home state. Not the physical man Jesus, but His Spirit undoubtedly met me that day. For the first time, I didn't just know about Jesus. He invited me to know Him personally. My life was changed forever. I was still a pretty good kid who loved her family and church, but I discovered from that point on that following Jesus was so much more than simply following the rules.
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“For the first time, I didn't just know about Jesus. He invited me to know Him personally. My life was changed forever.”
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If you are curious about who Jesus actually is, I'd love to point you to the Alpha Film Series, a series of videos that walk through questions such as “Is there more to life than this?” and “Who is Jesus?” Another great place to start is reading the Book of John and simply asking God to speak to you through the gift of the Bible. Another beautiful introduction to the life of Jesus is the new series, The Chosen, made available to watch for free through a pay-it-forward model.
I truly believe the question “Am I in right relationship with my Maker?” is the most important one we need to ask and answer in this life – without a doubt. You are loved. You are not alone. You matter.
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Cover Photo Credit: Poster of the series The Chosen, the first multi-season television series about the life of Jesus of Nazareth
Feature Video: Short filmThe Scarlet Thread which debuted at Hillsong Australia on Vision Sunday 2011