Matthew 6:33 NIV – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Will Bishop’s Testimony:
“At the end of high school, after having lived for achievement, I was burned out and felt deeply empty inside. I prayed, ‘God, if there is someplace you are real, will you send me there?’ God sent me to one of our campus ministries. I wasn’t really open for the first two years, but after a conference my junior year, I shared with a campus leader how I struggled with feeling forgiven. I felt like something was really wrong with me, but she shared, ‘Will, I think you just need to believe.’ As we prayed, God opened my eyes to see that my thoughts about His forgiveness were just from myself, and I was choosing to believe them over Him, and He showed me a new direction of living – believing without reservation or guilt that the gospel wasn’t too good to be true, and His love and forgiveness absolutely was also for me. As I agreed, there was a sense of a huge burden that had been with me for most of my life being lifted off. After this, I had new openness to following God, including His calling to stay with the church after graduation. Though there were not many job opportunities in the area, God had changed my heart from thinking only about my plans to desiring to follow Him. As I trusted, God miraculously provided, and I was filled with the joy that comes from living for something so worthwhile.”
Jesus thank you for forgiving us and setting us free. May we now know in deeper measures the joy that comes from living a life that seeks first your kingdom and your righteousness. Amen.
Worship with the song “Forgiven” by Bethel Music & Brian Johnson (Click here).