Boast In The Lord January 8th, 2022

A Word From John Mezzasalma

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”  So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.  And because of his words many more became believers.  They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
John 4:39-42

Jesus knows everything I ever did and will do. Yikes! I have had some pretty dark and sinful days in my life that I am not proud of. Even now I try to do the right thing and I try to somehow rationalize my goodness and my own righteousness, but it’s just that, my own righteousness and I fall desperately short of Christ’s righteousness. 
Even though I’m fully known by God, I’m also fully loved by Him. He knows everything I ever did and Jesus still chose to pursue me even while I was a sinner. The bible says that I was considered His enemy because of my sin and yet He now calls me his child. This is radical, underserving love. 
The Samaritan Woman experienced what it means to be known and loved by God.  She was so moved that she went on to tell her story, which in turn led others to Christ. 
I’m grateful for the influences of others in my life that shared their story and told me about Jesus. My uncle was one of those people, I looked up to him as a role model. I was drawn to him as a young boy because of his confidence, joy, and faith in Christ. His last few years of his life he struggled greatly with alcohol addiction, which destroyed his family and led to an early death. This rattled me; how could someone I admired for their faith fall so far? 
Many people are led to know Christ through the influence of another. In fact, it’s the effect of life upon life, the impact of one personality upon another.  However, our faith must stand on surer ground than just another personality. Let that one person’s influence take you to Christ, but then find your own story with Christ. 
While my uncle’s faith planted a seed for my faith his story is not my story. I have my own story of God’s redeeming work in my life. My faith is secure and there is nothing that can separate me from His Love. God knew me, knows me and still loves me. 

Prayer:  Jesus, you knew my sins before I committed them and you didn’t waiver, you pursued me even to death. Father, I thank you that there is now nothing that can snatch me out of your hand. Holy Spirit, help me tell of your radical underserved love that others may have their own story with you.

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