To make my point, I need to tell you a little of my story. I was raised Catholic. I knew a lot about God, I just didn’t have a personal relationship with Him. While in college, I started dating a Baptist girl and started attending church with her. I had attended church all my life, but these people where different. To make a long story short, God touched my life through their testimony and I was transformed. The key to that transformation was something I had never understood before—forgiveness.
In all the sermons I heard; all the college Sunday School classes I attended; all the conversations I had with college students at that church; it was revealed to me that I could be forgiven. I desperately needed forgiveness. Not because I was such a bad guy, but I recognized that I needed it. I had sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That truth changed my life completely.
A few years later I attended a seminar and realized that not only had God forgiven me, but God could help me forgive others. A truth that changed my destination to heaven instead of hell, also changed my relationships with others.
Now my point: We are ministers of reconciliation. Christ is our Redeemer and we are his ambassadors. That truth that changed my life and changed forever how I will relate with others was experienced through the relationships I made at Glendale Baptist Church. God used the preaching of His Word in Worship, the relationships I had with other college students and the teacher of the collegiate Sunday School class to “transform” my life. If God can use them to change my life, He can use me to transform others lives. Every day we should “expect lives to be transformed”.
Sean Keith is the Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention