A beggar who has found food

“I’m just a beggar telling another beggar where to get food.” Greg Lowery¬†

Recently in a Russian Vocational Training Center I was asked by Sergey, an older orphan and new friend, the question,

What makes a Christian all that different from me? I’m a nice person, smart, and just doing life… what makes you or them so different?¬†

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To be honest I’m not sure all that went into that conversation- the Holy Spirit is an amazing gift given to us Believers. The Holy Spirit answered what his spirit was crying out for and I ask you to pray for Sergey even now. As I had my time with the Lord the next day and a journal handy, I asked Jesus the same question– what makes me different?

What makes me different than any other “good” person?

Truly the answer is…only Jesus. Our sin creates a distance between our Creator. A confusion of purpose, sometimes a lack of hope, other times a false pride in ourselves are some of the symptoms of this brokenness between God and me/you. Jesus says I am the way the truth and the life: no man comes to the Father (Creator) but through me. The only hope for us was for someone to pay the price God had already put into play before the first sin. Payment for sin is death. When I choose to go against God’s compass of right and wrong (He’s the Creator, He makes the rules) then a payment has to be paid. So one who never broke the rules … Paid the price for me. Jesus not only died but he died as the criminal I am when I sin. When I discovered this, I thought How can I not accept his gift? If you declare with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart Christ died and rose again (this truth makes Him God not man)- you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Saved from what? Saved from a life without your Creator. The difference is simply this: I live for something greater than myself. I have a purpose and good plan designed by my Creator Himself and the distance my sin created between myself and God is no longer there. One day I’ll see Him face to face but in the mean time , His Spirit upon my acceptance of His payment, came to live this life with me. I’m not alone anymore trying to figure out my next step, how to make it through this next problem, or even know what is right or wrong. He is there.
The best part of the story- it’s free for you as well.