A month or so ago, Coco Ashley reached out to her readers and asked if any of her readers would like to be interviewed for a series on her blog and I loved the idea! She had very thought-provoking and unique questions, and I really liked what we came up with!! Enjoy! xoxo, Rachel
When did you accept Jesus, and what was that experience like for you?
Accepting Jesus has been a process over years rather than a prayer in a moment for me. I prayed a kind of prayer of salvation when I was 6 years old, but I didn’t come to a full realization of the real meaning of the gospel until I was about 13.
For years before, I had been struggling with perfectionism and self-righteousness. I did everything right on the outside, but I missed the joy that comes in knowing God and relying on Him entirely. I prayed but didn’t know God. I read His Word, but it was only to “check the box.” I witnessed, but did so without a full understanding of God’s mercy – the very center of the gospel. I thought I had to muster up faith, love, and obedience.
When I finally realized it wasn’t up to me, I felt a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. Prayer, I realized, should be my first response to sin. In repentance, yes, but also to ask God to change my heart, for only He can make my desires align with His.
Instead of feeling the weight of pride and guilt, I felt the humility and joy that comes from relying on God for grace.
Why do you personally continue to seek Jesus? In what ways has He changed your life?
That’s a question I’ve struggled with for years. Why follow Jesus? What difference does he make? But then why do I keep up with my best friends? Don’t I just keep up with them (“seek” them, in a way) because they are worth knowing?
Ultimately, I follow Jesus because He is the most wonderful, most forgiving, most holy, most amazing, most funny, most faithful, most creative Person I know — and knowing Him is the best thing I can experience. The reason Heaven is going to be so amazing is that I’ll be with Him! He, in and of Himself, is worth pursuing and knowing.
And Jesus really does change everything. He’s taken the burdens of self-righteousness and perfectionism off my shoulders innumerable times. He’s freed me and shown me what consistent, unconditional love looks like.
He’s given me a real purpose in life. Anticipating His will has brought me excitement and hope on hard days. When I’m scared about the future, He is my hope. When I’m lonely, He is the one who I can talk to. When I fail over and over and over again, He is faithful. He is worth seeking and knowing.
What is the hardest struggle for you about being a Christian and/or believing/obeying the Bible?
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