I didn’t come to Jesus from your Facebook posts.

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I have a hard time with Facebook occasionally. Don’t get me wrong I love to post selfies of a new haircut, Instagram my kids being kids, or take an occasional test to see what Downton Abbey character I would be (Anna). But my problem lies in the public bashing of sins. I thank my lucky stars that Facebook was not around before I accepted Jesus. Or that my kids even now do not have Facebook accounts. Because I don’t know if I ever would have been drawn to Christianity. If I would have seen Christians dropping sponsorships of children, telling me I was going to hell, and calling out my sin in a public forum….I would have walked away. I would have run away.

I didn’t come to Jesus because of what you said. I came to Jesus because of what He did.
Not too long ago I got into an argument heated disagreement over my views. At the time I was so emotionally charged by the conversation and topic that I couldn’t back up my views with scripture.

When I come to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony of God. 1Cor 2:1

But then again, I didn’t want that to be thrown in this persons face. I didn’t want them going away from the conversation feeling like once again the Bible being thrown at them. As one who didn’t start following Jesus until my mid-twenties, verses thrown at me just built the wall higher between me and Him. I just wanted to plead into the phone that I don’t know the exact verses of why I believe what I do. But this is what I am absolutely sure of.

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1Cor 2:2

Jesus is my redemption. Jesus is my everything. Jesus pours grace over me daily. Jesus loves me like no one ever will. Jesus fights for me every moment of the day. Jesus pulls the chains and brings me freedom. Jesus protected me countless times in my life. Jesus thinks that I am worthy enough to save. Jesus changed my life…..and can change yours.

I believe that scripture is powerful and is our guide and lifeline to God. I believe that it is the air inside of me. However I believe that if you don’t believe that you are worthy, or even have a relationship with Christ, scripture that others preach at you is just words. Nothing more. It is like reading a rule book for a class that you have never taken. It means nothing.

This past summer was my twentieth class reunion. I wanted to go so badly. But being the mom to two teenage girls the Taylor Swift concert won over that option. I know most are not eager to return to the place that caused them so much trouble and pain, but I really wanted a chance. I wanted a chance for those in high school to see me now.

I came to you in my weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with demonstration of the Spirits power, 1 Cor 2:3-4

To see the girl who was sloppy drunk more times than not walk through that door as a new creation. To see the girl that clung to her boyfriends like they were her savior to see that she laid down her life for a God that loved her like no other. To see the girl who struggled with eating disorders and addictions continually breaking the chains and run towards redemption.

So that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 2Cor 2:5

I didn’t come to Jesus because of what you said on Facebook. I came to Jesus because of what He did. What He does. Who He is. Who He always will be.

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Comments

  1. I absolutely love your words here. Thank you so much for sharing, sister.

  2. I am so with you on the Facebook thing. So many times I’ll see an argument or someone’s post that comes across so preachy and so NOT loving. I think scripture can definitely be used in the wrong way and to defend our own selfish agendas. It can also turn others away like you said. We have to be so so careful to check our hearts. One thing to remember though is that scripture is alive and active (heb.4:12) and it is a part of how God’s power displayed. So don’t be afraid to share it, even if you don’t have all the right words to explain why. The Spirit works in unbelievers to bring them to himself so it isn’t ever just empty words. So should we share his message on Facebook? Yeah we should! But carefully, and not to justify our own agendas or make us look better. I think that’s what you’re saying right? Love your thoughts and your testimony. So good.

  3. What a powerful and touching story. God’s mercy to forgive us and overlook our past always amazes me. Thanks for the encouragement this morning.

  4. I don’t know what it is about you, but this is the third time (out of 3) that your blog stuck right out to me on the she reads truth blog. First link I clicked(again). And was not disappointed. Thank you for sharing your heart here.

  5. Amen and amen! This has been my thoughts exactly as I’ve scrolled through my Facebook feed. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Beautifully put. Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. The power to transform a broken heart and life. To give us life more abundant and free.

  7. Love this, “I didn’t come to Jesus because of what you said. I came to Jesus because of what He did.”

  8. This is so well said and so powerful! Thanks for sharing your heart! I have been frustrated as well by the whole facebook thing–I am amazed by what Christians will say to other Christians (not to mention what the non-Christians will think!), and in the end it just comes across completely inauthentic. It is about Jesus. Always about Jesus. What He did and who He is. Thank you for sharing!!

  9. Hi there!! Wow! So amazed that God led me to your blog! Literally yours is the one my finger rested on on my phone! I am the mom of two teenage daughters. A senior and a freshman. Raised in the church, servants, church camps, mission trips, you name it! My 15 yr old is confident and passionate and active in church. My senior… Months away from leaving for college she’s made some bad choices and I feel like she’s slipping away from her relationship with The Lord. In my sometimes fear and desperation, I think (confess) that I have used social media and posts to somehow try and get her attention to remind her what’s true. I stopped using Facebook months ago, but I use IG and she sees my “spiritual” and “encouraging” posts. I also was the party girl in high school, so much of your testimony is mine. Sadly, my girls know my past and that’s what my daughter is saying to me… “Mom, I just want to have fun, you did stuff”. She’s afraid of college and what lies ahead and seems to be breaking free of a very tight cocoon that’s been smothering her for years. I want to shove all the truths about God that I know she knows straight down her throat before she makes a BIG mistake. But now that I’ve read this, it shows me that for her… It has to be about what He did, not about what I’ve said or posted in INstagram. I am reminded through your blog and the scripture.,,, 1Cor 2:1-5, that I have to rely on my faith in God and allow the Spirits power to proclaim what’s true.

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