heart-stricken with life-giving truth
I grew up in a Christian home and was taught about Jesus from a very young age. I prayed to receive God's offer of forgiveness through Jesus' death on the cross when I was 5 years old. However, throughout my childhood and early teens I struggled greatly with doubt that God had really saved me...always fearing that I didn't believe enough, hadn't changed enough or confused as to why I still sinned.
One evening as a young teen, I remember reading my Bible and asking with tears for God to save me for what must have been the hundredth time. As I continued reading I came upon this precious verse ...
Cease striving and know that I am God.
My heart was all of a sudden struck with the life-giving truth that none of my striving could impact the fact that God had indeed saved me. He had done it, and not me. I spent so much time worried that I didn't have enough faith, all the while it was never about how much faith I could muster, but the One in whom that faith was placed. I learned that faith in God wasn't a striving but a resting, a simple trusting in Him as a child trusts in their parent. Jesus had done it all...He lived the perfect life that I couldn't and then He died the death I deserved, conquering it through His resurrection. There was nothing I could add to that. I simply needed to rest in it.
This has been the most freeing realisation of my life and by God's grace I continue to live joyfully in it. Now, the striving in my life comes from a place of peace, freedom and security. The effort is no longer spent in trying to earn God's favour but is found in the delight of striving to know and love this amazing God who has fully proven He is worthy of all my trust.
how did you come to be part of Refuge?
Through good friends who planted the church.
what about Refuge encourages your faith?
I am encouraged and challenged by the Biblical preaching and teaching and also my read-through group is greatly encouraging to me and helps me as we discuss the Bible together. I love the friendships I have here and often thank God for them!
How do you feel you can use your gifts at Refuge to serve God?
I love working with the kids and seeing them learn about God. I also just love being a friend to people when they need one, whether that is offering a listening ear, delivering a meal, or hosting people in my messy house!
If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?
You are most definitely welcome!!! We will imperfectly endeavour to show you the love of Christ and to point you to Him!