Jesus Didn’t Die For You To Live This Way…

“I grew up hearing half of the gospel.

From an early age, I knew that a relationship with God was important – especially in the South. But, I also grew up thinking that if I didn’t follow all of the rules, God would be disappointed in me.

I would beat myself up for not reading my Bible every single day… For not praying as often as I should… For anything and everything that would make God “upset” with me… As if my own works were the measuring stick of how much God actually loved me.

I knew Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross to save me from my sin, and rose victoriously three days later – exactly like He said He would – but I quickly went from feeling saved from the rules to feeling saved by the rules.

Growing up, I was labeled as a Goody-Two-Shoes Christian girl with a spotless reputation… It was very rare that I ever got in trouble. My heart just couldn’t handle the thought of messing up or disappointing people. Even when I knew I didn’t do anything wrong but my Mom or Dad’s voice sounded like I was in trouble, I would immediately get anxious. Being a ‘Good Girl’ was something I always prided myself in ever since I was little.

But then, one day, after 20-something years of hearing half of the gospel, a Pastor from Dillon, South Carolina told me the truth.”

A sweet lady who I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know a few weeks ago asked me to write a guest post for her blog! CLICK HERE to finish reading the rest of this blog post and go give Gretchen a follow! 

Xoxo, AJ. 

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