|Lauren Martin of Unashamed|
Growing up in a Christian home means you know how to fluently speak "Christianeze." For as long as I can remember I have known the stories of Joseph, Daniel, Moses, Noah, Adam and Eve etc... I could easily answer questions about Christ's birth, death and resurrection. Even as a child I knew what it meant to be regenerated, justified and sanctified, but that didn't mean I personally knew what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. There was head-knowledge but not life-knowledge, as I like to put it.
I remember being around 8 years old, sitting on my dad's lap and say "Daddy, I want to go to Heaven. I love Jesus and I know what He died for me. I want to follow Him for the rest of my life." I chose Christ because it was so clear in my mind that there was nothing else in the world that could save me from death. God had sent his son to die for me and either I could live my life mocking and rejecting Him or live a life honoring and pleasing to Him and know that one day I would be in Heaven with Him.
2. How did you change?
I definitely can't say that my change was an overnight success story. I didn't go from being this wild, disobedient child to a perfect saint. The truth is, I have struggled a lot. I have sinned over and over. I allowed myself to be dragged into a lot of worldly behavior throughout high school. The change is that through all of the sin, failures and mistakes God draws me back to Him. No matter how many times I fall He doesn't leave me on the ground. So many people spend their lives trying to climb out of the pit of unhappiness. They rely on their own strength to help them out of depression, hurt and anger, but without God they will never make it out.
With Christ in my life, I will always come back to the truth and I will always be led by the light. When I struggled so greatly with depression, the Lord took me from that place because I am His child. So when someone asks me "how did I change," I don't tell them how I was a sinner and now I am not, because I still am a sinner. The change came from the fact that I am covered by Christ's blood and no matter how many times I mess up He will still love me, draw me to Him, and lead me in His way. The change in me is not my own, but it is the Holy Spirit working through me as I am being remade as a child of God.
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