I have loved the Lord for as long as I can remember. I just didn’t understand the basis for the relationship He wanted with me. I have come to realize there is nothing I can do for Him that blesses Him more than just being His child. I’ve discovered there’s nothing I can do to make God love me more than He already does. Conversely, there’s nothing I can do that would make Him love me less. “Perfect love” is much greater than that.. In fact the very basis of our righteousness has nothing to do with what we do or don’t do, but rests solely upon what Jesus Christ has already done for us.
I have been saved since I was twelve. But I’ve been forgiven a whole lot longer than that – almost 2000 years now since Jesus took my place of the cross. I am a passionate follower of Jesus Christ who knows the disappointment of making God promises I failed to fulfill. By His amazing Grace the Lord showed me that forgiveness because of Jesus’ complete work on the cross is better than my attempt at self-righteous perfection any day.
I am compelled to help people discover the joy and freedom that only come by resting in God’s amazing Grace. No performance can ever make you good enough to deserve God. I’m a firm believer God has no throw-away people. Called to pastor twenty-eight years ago, my heart is not to tell people what’s wrong with them, but to tell them what’s right with them because of Jesus.
We have been destined to live in this day with unlimited resources for learning the gospel, that were unavailable just fifteen years ago. I don’t think it’s a particular lesson Christians are missing that causes them difficulty in their faith. I think it is an identity-crisis that plagues many believers. There are a lot of things I can do to make a living; I want to make a difference. I don’t have to be famous, but I must be effective. More important than just memorizing doctrine, Father wants “relationship”. Get to know Him intimately and you will know what he has planned for your life.