Jesus Is Followed - Lily's Story

This week we will be hearing from five different writers – all who grew up at Immanuel and are now on staff here.

I was so blessed to be raised by parents who valued teaching me about God. I placed my faith in Jesus as a child. I wanted Him to be my Savior, and I wanted Him to be the way in which I could stand righteous before God and have a relationship with Him. While all of those things were true and right for me to believe, it wasn’t until I sat alone one afternoon listening to the radio that I realized I was missing something very important.

The lyrics of Matthew West’s song hit me hard: “I don't wanna go through the motions/ I don't wanna go one more day/ without Your all consuming passion inside of me/ I don't wanna spend my whole life asking/ What if I had given everything/ Instead of going through the motions?”

I wasn’t going through the motions, I meant it when I prayed, and I cared what the pastor was saying; but I wasn’t following Christ. I didn’t have an all-consuming passion that compelled me to seek the Lord in all my decisions, prioritize speaking about Jesus with my unbelieving friends, and meditate on what scripture really means. In other words, in that moment I realized I could no longer merely believe in Jesus as my Savior, but instead I had to make Him my Lord.

I knew that seeking God in everything I did was the way to make Him my Lord. My favorite verse even to this day became 1 Corinthians 10:31 because, to me, it truly encompasses what it means to profess that Jesus is Lord: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I walked into school the next day with a fire inside me to make Jesus my priority above all else and with this passage ringing through my head: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

My decision to make Jesus my Lord rather than just my Savior meant I had accepted the responsibility to spread the hope that is salvation through Christ with the world.

I hate to admit how easy it can be for me to fall back into feeling like it is enough for me to just believe in Jesus as my Savior. But this morning, like every morning now, I choose to accept the challenge to make Jesus my Lord. Will you accept that challenge?

By Lily Wright

Lily is a follower of Jesus, because He is her Savior and Lord. She is serving as the Missions and Outreach Associate at IBC.

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