Good Morning Church!
I grew up wanting people to like me – wanting their attention and affirmation. When I first started high school, I was determined to make as many friends as possible because in middle school, I was a victim of bullying, and I never wanted to relive that. In 9th grade, I befriended several Christians. They embraced me almost immediately; I felt so loved around them. There was something in their lives that made them unique, but it wasn’t something that popularity could ever give me.
Eventually, they invited me Impact, a Christian summer camp organized by Houston-area Chinese churches. There, I heard the Gospel for the first time in my life, and I learned that God loves me more than any person ever could. While I chased after the attention of the people around me, God wanted an absolute intimate loving relationship with me. My sin, or shortcomings as a human, was not that I sought bad relationships (honestly, relationships are good things that God had designed for us to have). My sin was choosing to pursue worldly relationships that fell severely short of God’s desire for us to be spiritually connected with Him. If I am a man created by God intended to be spiritually connected with Him, why would I try and replace Him with other people? In God’s kingdom, the penalty for sin is death, and sin separates us from God. I also learned that God sent His son, Jesus to die in place of my sin. Jesus was the only suitable man to take away the penalty of sin, and Jesus took MY PLACE on the cross 2000 years ago. God loved me so much that He sacrificed His own son so that I could know Him again. On August 6, 2005, I accepted Jesus Christ as my sacrificial savior.
Eight years and two months have passed since that fateful night where God extended and His invitation to me. Not a day goes by where I don’t still desire the attention and affirmation of the people around me. However, what I do know is God loves me more intimately than anybody could ever could. As long as I live, I know God of the heavens and the earth loves me, and that I love Him.