“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
– John 15:15-16
I think like so many, myself included, thought for so long that being a believer was a cultural thing. My dad was a pastor and my grandpa was a pastor, so I’d certainly had heard the Gospel. But I never decided to follow Jesus on my own. I remember looking in the mirror and feeling empty on the inside and looking in my own eyes and thinking gosh, my eyes, I look empty. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and I remember looking in my own reflection, just feeling like there wasn’t anything there. So then I went to a Pentecostal event at the convention center Anaheim full of 10,000 people worshiping God in a different way that I was familiar with, and I just wanted that. It was at that event that I told myself: I’m going to know Jesus personally. No one can know Jesus for me. No one can live as a disciple of Christ for me on my behalf. God wants to know me! Then a year later, after a night of worship and after I had received Christ, I looked in my eyes again. And this time, I saw a fire, life, and passion that wasn’t there before. And that’s what the Lord wants for all of us!
Thank you, God, for calling me to you. Thank you for my own personal access and relationship with you.
Do you have fire for Jesus in your eyes?