Prior to university, I definitely did not take my relationship with God very seriously. At that time in my life I wouldn’t have even described myself as a lukewarm Christian. On a scale of 1 – 10, I was probably about a 3.5/4. I never really understood what believing in God was or what it meant to me. I believed because I was brought up to believe. My lack of enthusiasm for anything God-related was evident. My prayer life consisted of “Thank you God” and I felt much happier on Sundays when I could sleep in.
Going to university completely changed how I felt about God and my relationship with him. For the first time in my life I was around young adults who actually had a desire and passion for God. I had two options; I could follow the path I was already on, or I could explore a new path. Of course I decided to do the latter. I began a new relationship with Christ because I actually wanted to understand and explore things for myself. Most importantly I wanted to be rooted in God’s love.
I did many things in order to get closer to God but what I learnt was that, I could only really improve my relationship with Christ if that was what I really sought in my heart. There is a major difference in wanting to do something and actively doing it. The truth is that a lot of us want to be better Christians but we do not actually take the steps to do so. Anybody who wants to start on a new journey (in regards to any situation in life) but is hesitant to do so, my advice would be to ask yourself “do I really want to do this?” and if the answer is yes consider what is holding you back and how you can address it.
My walk with Christ has taught me many things but I want to take this opportunity to highlight 3 points that I feel compelled to share with whoever is reading this:
- God loves us whole heartedly, but yet we continue to upset and offend him because we do not accept this love. Have you realised that we naturally put more time and effort into pleasing ourselves and others than we do when it comes to pleasing God?
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” – 1 John 4:18 (NLT)
- Every single person was born with a purpose and was given different gifts and abilities to discover this purpose. When we begin to compare ourselves to others, it can lead to envy, anger, hatred and many other negative traits.
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” – Galatians 6:4 (NLT)
- “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” – Galatians 6:7 (NKJV). Are your daily actions hindering your future or blessing it? Are you actively seeking God and his kingdom or are you content with your lukewarm intentions?
When meditating on the last point, I had to ask myself and really consider if I was doing all that I could to be the amazing person that I know God wants me to be. I definitely was not and I am still not.
I am forever grateful that I am on the path to becoming that person. Are you?