What do I have to fix before following Jesus?

Acts 8:36-37

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

The series of events that lead me to giving my life to Jesus was quite something. I had known their was a God all my life, but wasn’t sure if I believed in Him. I didn’t know anything about a relationship with Jesus until my freshman year of college.

It started with the feeling of loneliness. I was away from my family and friends for the first time in my life. I didn’t really know anyone in Louisville other than my brand new relationships with other players and coaches. Then came a break up. I had lost my girlfriend of 3 years about a month into college. To finish it off, my sweet grandmother passed away a few weeks after that. The first family member to die in my life.

It’s clear to see my life was in shambles, but what most couldn’t see was the underlying pain through it all. I felt like I was being tossed around in the wind and every obstacle was hitting me harder than the next.

Jesus was introduced to my life by a man named Chris Morgan. I have talked about him before, but basically he is the man. Behind my father, one of the most influential people in my life. We met and chatted about Jesus and I just said, “Yes, I need me some of that! I can’t do this alone and on my own.”

I was a lot like the eunuch in this story. He had just heard the gospel a few moments early and they are riding somewhere in a chariot when he decides, “Lets do this!” He didn’t worry about his past or even where he was at presently, he just went for it!

What I want you all to hear today is that you don’t have to have it all together to give your life to Jesus. Jesus would actually like it more if you didn’t! This way He could show his glory by transforming you even more so! I heard this the other day and it will always hold true, “Jesus doesn’t call the qualified, but rather he qualifies the called.”

If you don’t need to hear this, one of your friends does. There are so many people out there who feel “less than” or “not good enough.” Guess what? Jesus loves you anyway! Jesus doesn’t care when, he doesn’t care how, he doesn’t care what you look like or what you’ve done. Jesus just cares about you. He cares about having a relationship with you. He wants to know you and make you feel loved! That is someone worth following.

Quit wasting you time on what other people think of you and even what your negative thoughts say. Start listening to what Jesus has to say about you! You are worthy, loved, adored, fought for, heard, surrounded, called, good enough, and you are a son/daughter of God!

I would love to hear a story of how Jesus “called” you into a relationship with him. Comment below and let me know. I feel like others can be encouraged by a genuine story from others. Thank you!

Dear Lord, you are seriously the best! I cannot fathom how blessed I am to have a relationship with You. Though it isn’t perfect, I am glad you are. I am glad to be a follower of You and Your ways. Thank you so much for the example you have given us. To live a life of purpose! We love you, amen.

Have a great week!

C. Lyman

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