When I started volunteering with AWOL, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When I started mentoring “L,” I still wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was that God had blessed me with the opportunity to have a friendship with an amazing, strong, spunky survivor. Several months into our meetings, I asked L,
“What is the greatest thing you have learned over the past few months?” She was silent for a long time, and big tears welled up in her eyes when she finally spoke. “I just can’t believe how good God is; when I was at my darkest, Christ came for me. He didn’t wait for me to clean up my act, or go to a church, He sent people to show me His love, and He came for me!” Soon we were both shedding tears of thankfulness and praying praises to our awesome God.
That conversation has stuck with me for a long time now. Not only because of how amazing it is to hear such a sweet testimony from a survivor who has been through so much, but also because that is my story too! In Ephesians 2, Paul states that before we accept Christ we are all dead in our trespasses and sins. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7)
L’s story is my story. I was spiritually dead, in darkness, with no right to expect God to have mercy on me, but He sought me out and saved me! Later in Ephesians 2 verse 9, Paul says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
This is true for every one that has been saved by faith in Christ. But here’s the thing; Christ did not save us just so that we could sit back and enjoy the comfort of a restored relationship with our Creator. No! He intends for us to be the hands and feet of Christ and to continue sharing this incredible story of redemption. In Ephesians 2:10 it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We—those redeemed by Christ—were redeemed for a purpose! Good works—showing God’s love to those who are constantly being told they are not worthy of true love. During this month will you consider what “good works” God has prepared for you to accomplish so that others may know of God’s great love for them?
In Christ, Alicia Scott
All Worthy of Love
Alicia Scott currently teaches music and private piano lessons at a school in metro Detroit. She hopes to use music lessons as a tool to mentor underprivileged youth and share the love of Christ. Alicia currently lives in metro Detroit with her wonderful husband and adorable puppy.