Serving, my Christian “Identity,” & Finding a Church! 🙌☄

Happy Sunday! ☄💖

I hope you are having a blessed day! 🙂 I have to apologize because always I like to post at least once a week, but this past week was exceptionally busy since there was a family member (my aunt) visiting from Puerto Rico in town, and I hadn’t seen her in a long time. It was an especially busy week, but fun! 🙂

Today at church there was a special guest, an evangelist from Argentina, who was raised in Spain, and now lives and has a ministry with his wife in Madagascar helping children become free from sexual slavery! It was such an incredible, powerful, and uplifting message. He is a very young person. It’s incredibly inspiring for me personally, to hear young ministers with such wisdom. Someone from my generation. It not only gave me hope but it made me realize there’s just a whole other world out there. Basically, that was the whole point of his message lol, but for me, there’s always been the “worldly” world (aka Satan’s world), which is the dominating culture, and then there’s us, followers of Christ. As a (“relatively” lol) young person, it’s always been a challenge for me to find my identity within Christianity because of the simple fact that I do not identify with the Christian “subculture” of today. It’s often a very sheltered type of experience, often very based on consumerism and materialistic values, just like the rest of the “worldly” world which is what I don’t like about it. To me this never made sense because it goes against the very principles of the Bible. The values of the world have impermeated many churches it seems. At least here where I live, it seems that way. Of course, not every person in a church is like that and not every church is like that! Lol. I am a Christian obviously, but I’ve struggled with this a lot because I feel like the times I have visited churches, it doesn’t feel like it’s been a genuine experience many times. It feels like Christianity is trying so hard to imitate the world and like it forgets its true calling in the process; It forgets its identity. In the effort to try to bring people in, it’s compromising its values and losing the most important thing people are looking for in the first place, what they need, which is Jesus!

But the evangelist today, showed that there is another side to Christianity today. There is a side that is not confused about it’s identity, and despite what others may be doing, that’s what we need to be. Just like Jesus! As Christians we do need to actively be helping and serving people however we can. We cannot look past their pain and afflictions. He asked a very important question: How many times this week did you help or serve other people? For me personally, it so happens that this week, I helped helped a lot! Lol. Since my aunt was here, I was extra helpful to my family lol. And even before today’s sermon, I actually was thinking to myself, how come I’m not ALWAYS like this?! LOL. The whole past 2 weeks, I was really going out of my way, going above and beyond to help my family in everything I could. And it was a very nice feeling. Today’s message was a confirmation to me, that I need to ALWAYS be this way with my family and with people in general. 💖🌠🙏

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. — Galatians 6:7 ESV

I do consider myself a helpful person always, and always love to lend a hand. But sometimes in daily life, we are just so into our own problems, in our own heads, we don’t even notice there are other people out there who are suffering. Or we just become sort of desensitized to the suffering of others and just ignore them. But we really cannot live life this way. We do need to pay attention to the needs of others and see how we can be the help they need. The only identity I need, the only person I need to imitate, as a Christian, is Jesus! He’s our perfect example of love and serving others. 🙌

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8 NIV

I am also supremely happy that after a long time of searching, I have FINALLY found a new church home, and today I became a member! This is definitely a huge answered prayer. I asked God to please lead me to the right place, and here I am! I really wanted to find a place where of course God is #1 and had sound Bible- based teaching, where I could grow, be challenged, where I could help, and it’s just really exciting and it’s such a blessing! 🙏💖

I hope you have a blessed week! Xoxo

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