Periodically, I receive flyers and coupons in the mail from Life Way Christian Book Stores. In their most recent flyer that I received, they advertised this book Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry on sale at their store. The title of the book immediately caught my eye and stimulated my interest. So, I decided to do a google search on it. In my search, I was inspired by what I read about it. So much so, that I decided to purchase the book at the book store. And literally read it in one day’s setting. And, I’m so glad I did! 🙂
At it’s core, this book speaks to the heart and power of the Gospel. Although I haven’t personally struggled with same-sex attraction, I can still identify with this author’s story in so many, many ways.
For one, I am a sinner. For thirty-one years of my life, I lived according only to my sinful nature and it’s desires. What I wanted. What I found pleasure in. What I loved. That’s what I pursued. It didn’t matter what God or anyone else thought, it was my life and I was going to live it according to my beliefs and standards.
I did believe there was a God, and during those thirty-one years, there were times here and there in my life where I did allow myself to be open to listen to what He had to say. Whether it was attending a rare church service, having a discussion with a professed believer, or actually picking up the bible myself and choosing to read it. It was in these rare moments that stuck with me the most no matter how far my life was from Him. It was as if God were consistently pursuing me not allowing me to be free from these moments.
A time did finally come when I hit a cross road and needed to make a choice. Was I going to continue to live my life my way or was I going to embrace the Gospel and give my life over to God and live it according his way; the way it was meant to be lived? Like the author, I chose God and His way. The reason was that I finally came to terms with the fact that His love for me was far greater than my love for myself. His way was for my good. My way was leading me towards destruction. I felt so fragmented. I felt so empty. I had no other purpose than my own happiness and selfish ambitions. And, while I pursued these things, I was loosing everything that mattered to me most. I felt completely lost. This is what happens when we choose a life of loving ourselves, instead of loving our creator.
I’ve been a Christian for 25+ years now. My life has been forever changed. Yet, I am still a sinner with the capacity to sin. This book helped bring me back to the very beginning. The heart and power of the Gospel. It is the Gospel that saves. Not someone’s opinion, not someone’s conviction, not someone’s chastisement, not someone’s advice.
If someone is in need of saving, they don’t need our criticism, judgments, or words of wisdom, THEY NEED THE GOSPEL!!! The power to save does not come from us, but from the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Only the Gospel can open the eyes of a sinner to their sinful ways.
Thank you dear Lord for using this dear sister-in-Christ, Jackie, to bring me back in time to remind me once again of the heart and power of the Gospel. I pray that this book will reach many and that many lives will come to know you, repent and be saved. May you get the glory, honor and praise! Amen. ❤
Matthew 8: 34-38
34 Then he (Jesus) called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross, and follow me closely.35 If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News (The Gospel) will ever know what it means to really live.
36 “And how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process? 37 For is anything worth more than his soul? 38 And anyone who is ashamed of me and my message in these days of unbelief and sin, I, the Messiah, will be ashamed of him when I return in the glory of my Father, with the holy angels.”
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.