Hi Brothers and Sisters!
My Name is Steve Kell, I am from Ohio, I am a kind of organic Farmer, Christian Coach, Real Estate Agent. I have always looked up to Ravi Zacharias, have followed Nabeel Quireshi’s story, and am a subscriber to the YouTube channel. I think about God constantly, and maybe think more than I “do”(I want to be a doer). I am so persuaded by Jesus’s message. He caused me to evaluate my entire life. He asks me to live a life of integrity and thoughtfulness, to love God with my whole mind, body and strength-then to love my neighbor. All the things I mentioned “being” above are based on a singular focus to make my life one of love and appreciation for the gift I have of being born into such an amazing life, with a faith passed to me by generations of family.
My wife and I can feel lonely because very few people in our world can come to the same conclusions we do, but I still take solace in the fact that Jesus was alone in his committment. Jesus doesn’t promise us friends, and he demonstrates grace and compassion in the world that would have clearly been beneath his standards. What an example of humility, and the absence of pride. He was above it all and lowered himself. I am not Jesus, but my pride is greater than his, my misplaced self-righteousness also.
To be brief and conclude, lately I have been reading Romans over and over. Most recently I have dwelt on the verses Romans 6:6-13
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
Whoa! I say. I want to be an instrument of righteousness for the sake of Christ, and I hope your communication and friendship will help push me along that route.
God bless you each for taking the time to read this,