In December 2012, my ex boyfriend broke up with me. While it was a very sad time for me for 3 months, the Lord made known to me that He had better plans for me than the plans that I had for myself. “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Even though the sadness I felt was a worldly sadness, little did I know then that this breakup would be used to turn my life around for God’s glory. Thus began this new walk of my life in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
My brothers and sisters in Christ from college invited me to Campus Outreach ministry events and church each Sunday. Day by day, I began to change into the woman of God that the Lord was calling me to be. I abandoned my desire for a boyfriend and began to passionately pursue my love for Christ. This act required me to sacrifice desires of the flesh. God delivered me from my own selfish and sinful desires. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13).
After God’s divine act of deliverance in this stage of my life, I surrendered my life to Christ. This was truly a miracle because even though I knew what it meant to be a Christian as a child, I did not know what it meant to actively live it out until my friends in Christ from college showed me that only Jesus saves. “Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14).
My ex boyfriend was not my superhero and could not save me from myself in the same way that Jesus did with His birth, life, death on the cross, and absolute victorious resurrection from the grave. Only Jesus saves. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
I hope that this lesson that I learned applies not just to myself, but everyone who is reading this page of my blog. Only a relationship with Jesus Christ saves one from themselves and sin. If you are seeking a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, you have to admit that you are a sinner, believe that Jesus died for you on the cross and confess your sins to Him. After praying this prayer, you are a saved child of God by His loving grace. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God showed me grace during this period of my life, even when I didn’t deserve it. This prayer that I prayed gave me full assurance that I am a child of God. “By grace are ye saved” (Ephesians 2:5).
Now, as a daughter of Christ, I don’t look back because there is no reason to. I am saved by Jesus’ grace and that in and of itself is enough for me. “Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way” (Psalm 44:18).