I know that as a Christian, my life must reflect the very essence of being saved. I must be – for lack of better words – godly, righteous and upright. Ten years ago, when I was a new Christian, this would have been easy. Having been recently saved and recently experienced the grace of God, I cannot help but overflow and be in constant intimate communication with Him – something that easily translates to my outward life. I know that to many I am godly, righteous and upright. The perfect picture of holiness.
However, things have changed ten years since the time I was saved. My life has twisted and turned and I have gained so many experiences along the way. Experiences that are, I am ashamed to admit, nowhere near being godly, righteous and upright. I have experienced the extremes of worldly living and found pleasure in it. I have shocked many and even myself. I became a poor reflection of myself ten years ago. I became the perfect picture of worldly.
But then that is where God’s grace came in. Once saved – always saved. It was just a matter of time before I once again rediscovered the joys of being intimate with my Savior. Of how, despite all my shortcomings, despite my stubbornness, despite my imperfection, despite my worldly attitudes still His grace is all sufficient for me, His goodness and love remains encompassing and His promises remain true. And so as I walk again in this path where I am acutely aware of his presence beside me and where we once again cultivate that intimacy we once shared may my testimony change and may I be the salt and light in this world He has destined me to be.