We are Found: York
This post is the first in an amazing series written by those who work behind the scenes of More Precious, all across the country. Our City Representatives are dotted all around the UK, managing the spread of More Precious in your universities, schools and churches. They are an amazing group of dedicated, gracious and committed young women with a passion for you, yes you, to know Christ. We are Found is a collection of testimonies by these girls, looking at the ways God finds us in our messy lives, so that you can find Him wherever you are.
Since being at university, I have become all the more aware of my need for a Saviour. My failed attempts at finding my identity in the way I look, my reputation and my work have revealed my need for Jesus and have struck me afresh with the incredible truth that I am found in Him. As I am made more aware of my sin and the un-loveliness of my heart, the truth that I am found in Jesus is all the more wonderful.
My sin should cut me away from God yet, because of His grace in sending His son Jesus to die in my place, I have the incredible privilege of being found in Him!
Colossians 2:6-7 shows us that if we have received Christ Jesus as Lord, we our found in Him – our lives are in Him:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
The word “continue” reminds me that being built up in God is an ongoing, continual process. I need to pray daily that God might help me to continue to live my life in Him and to ask God to help me to remember that being in Him is the very best place to be found, rather than finding my identity in other things.
I am very thankful to God for the people He has put in my life that have helped me to be rooted, built and strengthened in my faith. During my time at university in York, I have loved getting to know lots of Christian girls and women of different ages through church and the Christian Union. They have modelled what it looks like to live with Christ Jesus as Lord in their different stages of life, and they have encouraged me to continue to live for Jesus. Last week, I met a lovely lady who had been one of the first students at York University when it opened in the 1960s. As I chatted with her, I was so thankful to God for His faithfulness to her and for the way she was continuing to live her life in Him many years after she received Jesus as Lord.
My prayer for More Precious in York is that it would help us to be like that lady.
That we might grow to be women who find our identities in Jesus, that we would love to continue to live our lives in Jesus, that we would encourage one another to be rooted and built up in Him and that this would overflow in great thankfulness to God!
Anna is from Cambridge and is in her final year at the University of York where she is studying English and History of Art. She loves being a part of two great church families – Christ Church Cambridge and Trinity Church York. Daffodils, catching up with friends and the long summer holidays are a few of her favourite things!