by Andy Boyd
When Jesus was raised from the dead, His body was transformed into the perfect resurrection body. Yet, that perfect resurrection body included scars. And it was those scars that actually drew Thomas close and caused him to believe that Jesus was alive!
What does this tell us today? Could it be that there is purpose to our scars? Could they actually serve a function we have missed for so long?
Most of us have scars. Those scars could be physical, emotional, or relational. Whatever they look like, our scars are evidence that we have been hurt and damaged. Most of us would say that our scars are evidence of imperfections. As a result, we do our best cover them, hide them, or try to undo them. We want people to think we don’t even have them. Because if we reveal our scars, then we reveal our imperfection, and we don’t like to admit that we are imperfect.
But the presence of Jesus’ scars tells us a very different story. Could scars, in a way, be proof that we have really lived? Could they be the very things that allow us to share our story with others and draw them closer to a relationship with our perfect Savior?
Rather than hiding our scars, maybe we should use them as the platform to share with others our experience of life. Because it is when we are real – not perfect – that we find ourselves in a position to point others in our lives to a Savior who is perfect!
Andy is the Communication Director at First Colleyville and enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys.
Share Your Story
by Kim Riley
Today we worked at a mission that serves meals, clothes, and has a grocery store. I worked the checkout line bagging groceries. I was with two ladies and the girl working the register is a 22 year old college student originally from China. It was a divine appointment! During our three hour shift we talked family and life and she asked about our group and why we were here. She said she was not religious and I said, "Me either, I follow Jesus!" I got to spend time sharing the gospel very clearly. She had tears in her eyes and I told her about La Chapelle. I handed her a card and am I praying she will check them out. She put my number in her phone and I told her to text me any time with questions. Her name is Lily (on the left in photo) and she’s why God sent me to Montreal!
Kim Riley is First Colleyville's Administrative Assistant to Finance. Her and her husband Don have been active FC members for 25 years.
If you have a story of how God moved in your life please let us know!
by Zyruz Zumaya
For a while, I’ve had it on my heart to return the favor that was passed to me, to share the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Although I share it with my friends, the ninth-grade students at church and the kids I met on a mission trip, I wanted to go deeper. It came to me one night as I was looking for excuses to procrastinate on doing homework. I was to search for someone who is completely lost and share the Gospel with him or her. Up until that night, I had no idea what I was actually searching for, but I looked into my past and found the place I felt the most alone and abandoned. This was when I was homeless.
The calling to share the love God gave me with a homeless person took root in me. Last Sunday, I took a friend new to the faith with me to see hands-on discipleship. We went to downtown Dallas and searched until we found the one that God urged us toward. God had a spotlight on William. He was alone, bundled up and avoided eye contact, but that only pulled us towards him even more. I asked if I could talk to him, and the first thing he said was, “Look what I found.” He held out a brochure with the title “What can the Bible do for You?” towards me, later giving it to me as a gift. After a few minutes, William became so open that we were able to exchange some jokes and memories. William allowed me to share my story after I listened to his, and I recounted to him how Jesus saved me from the horrible road I was once on. I shared with him what JESUS could do for him and how much he is truly loved. We gave him a Bible, and he couldn’t have been happier receiving it. We shared some scripture with him, listened and laughed with him for about an hour. Honestly, it felt like it was only a few minutes.
Although he knew about Jesus and the Bible, William was lost before we met him. He knew scriptures but had never been saved, so before I left Jesus came into his life and brought William into His family. This experience not only changed William’s life, but also showed my friend what it looks like to share the love of Christ.
Zyrus is an active member and student leader for the First Colleyville student ministry. He is known for boldly sharing his faith in Christ with others.