What if you could write a letter to yourself, particularly to your newly saved self? What would you say in that letter? What would be the top 5 things you would want yourself to know for the journey ? Here is a letter I wrote to myself that I wish i could have read in May of 1992. The very last sentence isn’t spiritual but I included it in anyway!
This is the most important day of your life! Nothing will compare to it, especially the day when you will stand face to face with your creator. You are celebrating your new life, your spiritual birthday, Your faith is now in Christ and you’ve been set free from the bondage of sin. You have been set free. It’s amazing news for your life. I have been a Christian for over 25 years now and there are some things I want to teach you from what I have learned. I hope they will help you to have a life of purpose and meaning that goes far beyond the promises of this world. I would strongly advise you to take these to heart for your sake (and mine):
1.The one thing that is more important than your love for God and for other people is to daily remind yourself that God first loved you. You will never be able to show love if you don’t walk in the truth that you have first been loved by God. Our motivation to love is God has first loved us. There is nothing more precious in your life than God’s unconditional love.
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
2.You are not only saved by grace but you need grace daily to continue to grow in your faith. Don’t try and clean up your life over the next 10, 20, 30 plus years without God. If you try to do this in your own strength , you will fail miserably. You didn’t become a Christian to now see what you could accomplish; instead, to see what He can do through you for His glory.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 1 Corinthians 12:9
3.God cares about your whole life, not just your spiritual life. God cares about your personal, emotional, social, familial, financial, physical, vocational, sexual, and intellectual life. You can’t be fully healthy if God is not leading you to grow in all areas. We can’t compartmentalism our spirituality and make our relationship with God separate from the rest of our life.
4.Find a Christian mentor and be a mentor to a younger Christian. You learn the most from those who have already walked the road you will be traveling. You need help. You need wisdom, direction, accountability, and encouragement. You are to be disciples and then take what you have learned and invest in another’s discipleship.
As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
5. You are not perfect, just forgiven. Give yourself some grace. Strive to be like Christ but know you are going to fall short often. If you stop giving yourself grace you will crumble under your own failure and shame. If He forgives you, you surely you can forgive yourself. Get your eyes off of your faults and put them on Jesus.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
And by the way, don’t bother dating any other girls but prepare your heart to marry Christi Byrd. Best decision, besides your salvation, you will make. Also invest all you can in Apple and Amazon, avoid the whole mullet stage, and play more golf with your dad!