A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Greg M.
I grew up in the church and received Christ as I understood Him when I was a young boy. Through the years of my adolescence, I learned what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus and to follow Him in the smallest of ways. I tried to read my Bible, pray, and live a life that I thought was pleasing to God. Although it was not easy, I saw the hand of God working in my life and changing me into something different. And even though I still struggled, God had begun to transform my life. I was married to my high school sweetheart when I was twenty-one, had three beautiful sons, ran my own business, and worked with the youth in my church. God had blessed me tremendously over the years! But I started to believe that I was the one who was doing all of these things and I was never content. My pride and the love of money had led me to a place where I gave up on my relationship with God. I had an affair, divorced my wife, became a part-time dad, and was fully invested in my pursuit of what this world had to offer me. At the age of twenty-nine, I had a drink, and was drunk for the first time in my life. Needless to say, God started to hit me where it hurt and I began to lose everything that I thought I loved. I ran from God for eight years. He began to draw me back to Himself over the past year and it has been extremely painful. He needed to strip all of these idols from me so that I could see myself for what I truly was – a disobedient child who wasn’t worthy of His forgiveness or grace.
In January of 2015, God brought seven men into my life, all with the same message that I needed to get to America’s Keswick. They said that if I was serious about surrendering my life to Christ that I would find refuge and peace here, and some even said that I might hear the voice of God. God brought such a conviction into my life that I knew He was calling me to this place. As of June 1, I have been sober for six months and have completely surrendered my life to Jesus. God has restored the relationship that I ran from, and now I will forsake all to follow Him.
My life passage is Ephesians 2:1-10. Because God is holy and just, I know that I deserve to spend an eternity in hell paying the price for those sins, BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy and because of His great love for me, even when I hated Him, He has granted me grace. He has given me a true understanding of forgiveness and mercy. He has given me the hope that one day I will be with Him, and I know He has a plan for my life – to glorify Him and not myself. Now I can truly say that I love Him and want to serve Him. So what does it mean to deny myself and follow Him? I’m about to find out…
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