“Because of Christ’s relentless love, I will follow.”
It was Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004, at a small church in our tiny town of Ellsinore, Missouri. My husband, Dustin, and I walked up the stairs and into the church that was so familiar, like we’d done hundreds of times before. Dustin and I had no expectations of the service that day. We were honestly trying to get in and out of the service quickly and unchanged by God.
We knew our lifestyle wasn’t one pleasing to God, but pleasing Him, meant a change in the way we lived. And we weren’t ready for that. When we finally made it in the church, we found ourselves on the second row on the right side of the sanctuary (not the best place to sit when you’re running from God, I might add). You see, in the front of the church there are no distractions to keep you occupied: It’s you, the Pastor, and Holy Spirit. I can’t tell you what the weather was that day, what I chose to wear, or who all was there that morning. What I do remember is the tugging at my heart that I felt. I knew I needed to make a decision.
As the Pastor began to talk about the Cross and the Resurrection, my heart began to melt as I realized the relentless love that God showed me by sending his Son to die for me. I was ready to change my life now, but I still had an issue. The wonderful man standing next to me, my husband, whom I loved dearly. I had no idea if he was feeling the same way as me and I was too afraid to ask him such a crazy question, but I knew that newlyweds trying to live two different lives probably wouldn’t work so well. In that moment, I began to whisper this little prayer to God, “Lord, I really want to live for you, but I can’t do it on my own. If Dustin will take my hand and go I’ll go too.”
While I still had my eyes closed, I felt the gentle hand of my husband wrap around mine and he whispered to me, “I think we should go pray.” My heart was racing as we made our way to the altar, but then realized we had come to pray for the wife of a co-worker of his. See, the Lord had answered my prayer and we came to the altar. It wasn’t just solely for the co-worker’s wife because as we prayed for her, I could hear Dustin’s prayer become a prayer of repentance and then came my prayer of repentance.
We gave our lives to Christ that day and made a commitment from that moment on that we would be all in for Jesus. Whatever he wanted to do in and through us, we would allow. We decided that day to follow Him, not for fear of Hell, but because of the relentless love he had shown us through Jesus. I don’t know where you stand with God today, but I encourage you that today is the day of salvation! Don’t wait another minute to follow Him! You will not be disappointed. If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9
Original text And website for Luke 9:23 Ministries can be found here. Copyright Cassie Downs 2017