Daily Delight

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I waited a long time to get baptized. It was a couple years after I began to recognize Jesus in my life and a couple weeks before I graduated college. I waited because I didn’t think I was worth enough or Christian enough to publicly declare my acceptance of His grace. I went to a Church of Christ school where it seemed like everyone else in my community knew how to sound “Jesus-y” when they prayed, could hear the voice of God so surely, and would whip out the perfect Bible reference at any given situation. That was not me, and, to be completely honest, is still not.

I wanted to become perfect first–– to mold myself into what I thought someone loved by Jesus should act and sound like. I knew I was still bound by troves of sin. And then in a quieter way than I had imagined the Holy Spirit to impart wisdom, I become sure of something. In considering myself unworthy and lesser than, I was in danger of a far deeper sin than those I felt bound by. By comparing my holiness to that of my peer, by waiting to be perfect (and thinking it was possible), by hoping I could earn grace with obedience, I was denying the undeserving gift of His amazing grace. 

And so, a week later I stood on the edge of the Pacific surrounded by my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ–– my fellow sinners and my fellow recipients of His immeasurable grace–– and took the plunge (so to speak). 2 years later and I am no more or less deserving. And I still don’t know how to speak Christianese or make witty Bible jokes. But here I am, writing devotionals and gratefully aware that I am cloaked by the love of Jesus. Remember today and every day that neither you nor I nor our sinful neighbor is so far outside the grace of God that He cannot reach them. To think so would be to deny Him. 

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit
-1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

{words: @safeenapadder ; photo: @missy_e}

About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures atwww.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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