I grew up in South Louisiana with a family who loved God and loved me. By way of complete mercy, God rescued me through His Son at a very young age. And like many who believe the good news of Jesus as a child (and who grow up in the culturally Christian south), my life became characterized by perceived moral “goodness.” I avoided the things good Christian kids were supposed to avoid and participated in the things good Christian kids were supposed to participate in…which meant a lot of church attendance! While that wasn’t necessarily all bad, the pride I took in my behavior kept me from seeing and embracing the heart of the Gospel. In my preoccupation with being viewed as one who did and said the right things, I had missed Jesus altogether. Life was primarily about me and what I should be doing, instead of about Jesus and what he had done.
But Jesus wasn’t going to let me stay content in my self-righteousness. In His amazing grace, He has continued to open my eyes to see the truth about myself and about His glory. He is using many different means (a great family, a challenging career, a loving church, and a bottomless Bible) to show me my many inadequacies and His endless perfections. As He draws me deeper into (but never past) the good news of His gracious rescue of sinners like me, I find myself knowing, loving, treasuring, and needing Him more than ever.
“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world, but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.” John Newton
My prayer for Fellowship Bible Church is that we would be a humble collection of imperfect people who seek to be overwhelmed by all that God is for us in a perfect Jesus. That He would not let us be satisfied with a superficial faith, but would instead make us a people compelled by His great love to live Grace-driven lives at home and across the world.