April 23, 2018

S T O R I E S - W E E K 4

Luke 15:11-32

Luke Purvis

I was practically born into our church. My parents are 4th grade Bible Study teachers, my grandpa is a Deacon, and my grandma helps with childcare. I grew up knowing who the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were, but I didn’t publicly accept Jesus as my Savior until 7th grade because I had an unreasonable fear that I would drown while being baptized. I knew how to swim. I have no idea what I was thinking. It wasn’t until I was a sophomore that I actually began to have a relationship with God. I started to get more involved with mission opportunities and I started to think I was getting the hang of this “being a Christian” thing.

Once I graduated high school, though, more of the “real world” started to have an impact on me. Through college, I watched friends throw away their life for a girl/boy. Other friends become addicted to drugs, alcohol, and sex. I wanted to give up on those friends who I felt had chosen the wrong path. At the same time, I met new friends, some of whom were addicts, attempted suicide, and turned their life around.

After attending several College Worship nights, I began to realize my mindset was a part of the problem. I was wrong in my thinking. I realized we all mess up and deep inside we all feel like we aren’t worth it. This feeling, however, isn’t true. We are ALL worthy of God’s love and that is exactly why He sent His one and only Son to die for us.

I’ve always been the type to play it safe. Yet I’ve learned God tends to use or work through those who get out of their comfort zone. Did you know the Bible calls us to be “disciples” way more than it tells us to be “Christians”? There was a specific reason why Jesus was training his twelve disciples: So they could make disciples who make more disciples, and so on, to tell the world of God’s great love for all mankind.