Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Change in Perspective and a Transformation of Life

God has always been a huge part of my life.
I grew up in the church, I was involved in leadership, and I went to a Private Baptist University.
But it wasn't until recently, that I really understood what it meant to be a follower of Christ.

Growing up, my faith continued to progress and then plateau and even degress at times.
But no matter what happened I always acknowledge God in my life.
That was the problem.

The extent of my faith consisted on only acknowledging God.
In hard times, I thought God will fix this.
In good times, I announced God is good.
I lived my life, my way, and just acknowledged that God existed.

It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I began to understand.
The whole first semester I committed to read the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
I decided this because I realized that there were a few people in my life that did not know Christ and I wanted to understand the gospel thoroughly in order to explain it to them.
It was then that God planted a desire in my heart.

Furthermore, the second semester, I read Frances Chan's book, Forgotten God.
To put it simply and honestly, this book absolutely changed my life.
It rocked me with the truth that the Holy Spirit had been forgotten about in the church, and in my life.
It stated truths such as the Holy Spirit is God. the Holy Spirit is alive and at work, and the Holy Spirit lives inside of me.
With a truth like this, it posed the question...How does my life look different than non believers?
If the Spirit of God lives in me, then my life should look radically different.