I accepted the Lord when I was 11 years old. My idea of what it meant to be a Christian at that time was going to church and trying my best to read my bible and pray. It was about what I could do for God not what He has done for me. This way of thinking stuck with me into my late teen years. I often found myself saying the right things around certain people but conforming to worldly standards around others. My relationship with God operated like a light switch. At 20 years old, I walked away from God and lived my life for me and what I thought was best.
Almost 20 year later I came into contact with a person that was like a second mother to me growing up. By God’s grace, she asked me the question I didn’t want to hear: How is your walk with the Lord? She also talked about the unforgiveness and bitterness people harbour and how if God loves us and forgives us for all we have done, who are we to withhold love and forgiveness from others. Little did she know she was speaking of what my life had become, full of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness. This weighed heavy on me.
A couple of weeks later a new church (Harvest Brantford) was launching and reluctantly I decided to go. I can’t remember what the service was about but I recall holding back tears throughout. God was gripping my heart and I knew my life needed to change.
Since that time, God has done wonderful things in my life. I am a better husband and father. Gone is the anger, bitterness and unforgiveness that once shackled me. I have truly been set free by God’s amazing grace and I have true joy in living my life for Him and His glory. I recognize my complete dependence on God for all things and although I am not perfect, He loves me perfectly. As a follower of Christ I now know there is nothing I can do for Christ. He did all that needed to be done for me when He died on the cross for my sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace you have been saved through faith. This is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
MY HOPE FOR HARVEST
My hope for Harvest is that God will be glorified in everything that we say and do.
I also pray that Harvest will carry out the mission of the Lord that we hold: “To glorify God through the fulfilment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment.”
I pray that we would be unapologetic about His word, exalt Jesus in our worship without restraint, pray without ceasing, and be bold in our witness!
To Him be the glory.