Written by Tim Young
Read 1 Corinthians 5:17-19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
You could say I was born in a pew. I was raised in church my whole life and I was a pastor’s kid. I knew all the cliche sayings and verses. It wasn’t until one Sunday night at 23 years old that all the sin and shame that I was carrying came crashing in. The things that I kept hidden for so long left me feeling like I was the only one and that I was all alone. That Sunday night I witnessed a group of men that became dissatisfied with fake religion and wanted freedom partnered with accountability. I felt the genuine love of God in that small group, which made it safe for me to confess my sin before my brothers. I accepted Christ for myself for the very first time. It was as if liquid love washed over me from my head to my feet. I physically, mentally, and emotionally felt made new by Christ. It was from that day forward I began to spend time with the Lord and serve Him everywhere I go by loving and serving others.
That night was a milestone in my life that changed the trajectory of the direction of my life and my family’s lives. How I was transformed by Christ changed everything. From how I lived my personal life, how I loved my wife, and how I lead my children.