Can you, for a moment, think about a memorable occasion when someone did something sacrificially nice for you for no other reason than because they care about you and expected nothing in return? How did that make you feel about the person? Did it make them more dear to you?
We’ve all known people who profess to be a Christian, but they live like the world. Whether they truly are a child of God or not, is between them and God. But in John 8:42, Jesus said that if God is our Father, then we would love Jesus. In John 14:15, Jesus said that we love Him, we will keep His commandments. Because we are sinful humans, there will times that we sin, but our lifestyle should not be one of sin. The world should be able to see the light of Jesus in us. If we look more like the world in how we live, then we might need to double check who our spiritual father is – God, or Satan.
If very difficult to both fully understand just how sinful we are and what that sin cost Jesus and not truly love Him. What He endured before and on the cross was because of my sin. He didn’t have to go to the cross. He could have called all the angels of heaven and they would have come to his defense. It was His love for me that held him there. In fact, it bothers me to see movies that portray Christ’s crucifixion or pictures of him on the cross because I know he had to go through that because of me. I matter so much to Him that He willingly chose the path that led to the cross so that I could become a child of God. Just as the person you thought about earlier became more dear to you because of their thoughtful actions, Jesus should become more dear to us as we realize just what He did for us. How could we not love Him when He gave His own life for us? What about you – do you love Jesus?
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.
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