Hey guys! So about a year and a couple months ago I got baptized. I want to share today about how Jesus has transformed my life since I was baptized.
When we are baptized, it means that we are truly giving our lives to God. Whatever it mean and includes, he will change us and shape us into who he wants us to be and what he wants us to do.
Before being baptized, I sort of followed Jesus but I definitely was a lukewarm Christian. I also didn’t feel the presence of God daily. I sort of only felt him at camps, retreats, or conferences. I remember in seventh grade God told my heart, let go of all the emotion and pain and choose me. But I fought it and I didn’t let go. Over the next couple of years, he continually pushed these words on my heart. I just never wanted to let go and give up my life to God.
But after going through a hard time my summer before sophomore year, I chose Jesus. I chose to follow God’s word and change my life. So, I decided that the first thing I needed to do was be baptized. I jumped at the chance and I was so ready to give my life up to Jesus.
However, when I was baptized, I honestly knew about what it meant but I didn’t really 100% know what it meant. But I knew God was calling me to give my life to him, so I just trusted in him and did it. Sometimes I feel like we think we should fully understand what God wants us to do before we do what he says, but this isn’t the case at all. We don’t need to know what God is doing and we don’t need to know what is going to happen next, we just need to say yes.
The past year after being baptized has been hard at times but it has also been so amazing. Jesus has changed my heart and he has changed my life. He has changed my outlook on life and he has made my heart so full.
Something that has been conflicting me a lot is that so many Christians lack the relationship aspect with Jesus. He is so personal to all of us. He literally picks us out of the dust. Don’t be afraid of a relationship with him.
I know that sometimes I held back in my faith because I didn’t think I was good enough to follow him. I made so many mistakes when I was younger and the enemy just kept putting lies into my head that I would never be more than my sin. But guys, you aren’t your sin. You are made in God’s image. He makes us pure. He changes our heart. He breaks us and builds us up into so much more than what we could be without him.
Another lesson I’ve learned is to be yourself. So many times we look at others and how God is working in them and we say “ oh I want to be like them. “ or we will be listening to a worship song and say “ oh I wish that I could sing like them so I could lead worship at my church. “ but instead of looking at others and wanting to be like them, we should only look to Jesus. He makes a plan for just you. We can look at other Christians and stand behind them to encourage them and thank God for using them. But God is using YOU in a totally different way. Be who God has created you to be instead of being someone who is trying to copy another Christian. Be confident in who Jesus made you to be! You are made in His image! Know who you are in his image and cheer on others when they are doing good things for Jesus.
The past couple months have been so busy and have been rough, but I am feeling so blessed and Jesus has continued to change my heart. I know this post was all over the place and probably has a lot of mistakes or doesn’t make sense at some points. But I don’t like to edit my posts because it takes away the authenticity of them. I love y’all and I hope you have a great week! If anyone has questions or wants to share with me about what I talked about today feel free to message me or comment on this post! I’m praying that you will all have a good weekend and that you will be confident in who Jesus made you to be! – Cami