What God Can Do

Eight years ago today, I made a decision that drastically changed my life forever.

I surrendered everything to Jesus Christ.

Sounds simple. Sounds like no big deal. But for a young 18 year old searching for meaning and purpose, this decision led my heart and life to a new path- the path I was searching for.

Before making this decision, I was going to church here and there, but there was something missing. I had a lot on my own plate. I had my own agenda that I was giving to God, telling Him this was how I wanted my life to be. Needless to say, that wasn’t getting me anywhere. Every plan and desire I had for my life and my future slipped out of my hands and I was at the end of myself.

Matthew 10:39 says, Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Frustrated, lost, and confused, I finally gave up. I lost my life for Christ’s sake. I gave up my dreams and I told God “do whatever you want with me.” Little did I know, THIS is exactly where He wanted me to be.

Since then, my life has drastically changed- call me what you want- weirdo, Jesus freak, a nun… I’ve heard it all. But in all honesty, I don’t care about the labels the world may give. I have found hope, freedom, and purpose unlike any other because of Jesus.

In eight years, God has done more in my life than I could ever imagine or dream of. He took a broken, lost teenage girl and changed her from the inside out. He has given me purpose, purpose that is found in every second of life. He has given me dreams for the future- dreams that I would never think of apart from Him. He has given me hope- hope that this world can’t strip from me because it’s a hope that goes beyond suffering and death. Everything my heart was longing for has been found in Christ.

I really wanted to take a few moments and share with you about my own journey, and really to encourage you to follow Christ with everything you are.

No matter your background or story, no matter what hole you have dug for yourself or what others have done to you, the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that He can take ANYONE and re-write their story. He can give YOU freedom, purpose, and abundant life that this world cannot offer you.

This is what God can do- He can heal the broken, redeem every regret, reconcile dead hearts to His life giving heart, and give you a reason to live.

Before I gave my life to Christ, I was broken, hopeless, and suicidal. I was overcome by depression and a deep sense of worthlessness. After giving my life to Christ, He has turned every trial into my story. This is not who I am anymore, I am now a beloved child of God and I belong to Him.  

Whatever you are carrying today, lay it down at the cross of Christ. What He has done in my life, He wants to do in yours. I am no one special. The only thing I did was search until I found my answers. I didn’t get all my answers right away, but my pursuit led me to Jesus. Don’t let the distractions and false sense of security in our world keep you from knowing a God who loves you beyond comprehension. If you lay it all down and surrender to Christ, you too will also be blown away by what God can do in a heart that completely belongs to Him.

“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…

Ephesians 3:17-20

Melissa SecchiaroliComment