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Even though I’m a teen, there are many little things that God has taught me. The lessons I’m going to share today are foundational to my blog, my faith and my perspective.
The Power of the Testimony
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us — so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”
Psalm 67:1-2 (emphasis mine)
The testimony encourages and enlightens people in the things of God. It reveals his power through glimpses of heaven on earth. There are countless testimonies I’ve heard and read that have impacted my life; now I return the favour. However, the testimony that I want to be known most of all is not mine, but God’s:
“We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony…And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
1 John 5:9-11 (emphasis mine, again)
This life in the Son is what I’m all about. The more I strive towards it, the more I learn, hence why I want to testify about it.
The Gospel Equals Freedom
This testimony about God’s Son is the best news I’ve ever heard. That’s why it is called the Good News or the Gospel. The news, in a nutshell, is that Jesus Christ, who was without sin, died for us to pay the price for our sin so that we could have eternal life with God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
My favourite part about this gift is that I am free.“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36. I am free from guilt and shame, I am free from the cares of the world, and I am free to worship God.
Live with an Eternal Mindset
The Gospel allows me to focus on what really matters in life.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The Christian life is like a marathon. It’s not all that glamorous, it’s hard, and it can be painstakingly long. But the future glory of eternal life is waiting at the finish line. The example of Jesus’ life is our motivation. He endured suffering to the extent of being crucified. Now, he is sitting at the right hand of God (Matthew 26:64).
This has helped me to develop an eternal mindset. Our time on earth is short in comparison to forever. It helps me to prioritise activities in my life. It gives me peace about the unknown and reminds me that, ‘Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last’ (C.T. Studd).
So there you have it, the foundational lessons that have shaped this blog. Stick with me and see all the wonderful, challenging, and eye-opening lessons God has taught me; it could teach you too!