I’m Wanda L Ball. The purpose of Following Jesus 101 is to help Christians, get the clear, honest, self-confident tools to have a personal one-on-one relationship with Jesus – that builds His kingdom one day at a time.
I am a writer, self-published author of 6 books – latest being “Salt – Rekindle and Reclaim Your Power Within,” youth ministry teacher, wife, mother and follower of Jesus Christ. Click Here to view my Amazon Author Page.
Now that I’ve got formality out-of-the-way…
Here’s the bottom line –
I’m just a sinner saved by grace through Jesus Christ who is my personal savior.
I believe that following Jesus defines me religiously as a Christian. I also believe that Christianity is NOT a religion, but a one-on-one relationship.
Other religions are about men trying to reach up to God. Christianity is about God reaching down to man.
Religion is about what men have to do to be right with God. Christianity is about what God has already done to be right with men.
Religion says we must earn our salvation with good deeds. Christianity says we need to believe that Christ has already paid the price for our evil deeds and our salvation is based on this belief.
So how did I discover this Jesus of mine?
I discovered Jesus initially at 5 years old. I attended Sunday School and Baptist church services every Sunday with my family, Grandmother who was a mother of the church and Grandfather who was head Deacon. After the minister gave a long speech, I remember that people would sit in a chair(s) in front of everyone, confessing that they wanted to be “saved.”
I wondered what being “saved” meant?
I didn’t know at the time what it meant, all I knew was that one Sunday morning after the minister finished giving his long speech, my cousins (who I grew up with and did everything together) got up and sat in those chairs. So guess what? So did I!
The next thing I knew, I was confessing that I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and believed that He died and rose again on the third day…. a few weeks later I was being dunked in a pool of water that was called “baptism.”
The seed was planted…
Fast forward years later –
My life as a Christian hasn’t been easy. I’m sure we can swap stories of all the struggles one goes through in this life. Family struggles. Professional struggles. Personal struggles. Christian struggles.
As long as we are on earth we. will. have. struggles. period.
But that’s why Jesus came. He came to allow you and me to overcome our struggles. He said that life would not be easy. But He also said that He would be with us along the way. (John 16:33)
He promised to never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) He will be with us until the end of time. (Matthew 28:20) He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) He’s our everything.
I’ve been a writer for 20+ years, a published author, business owner for 10+ years and real estate professional for over 15+ years. Those are great achievements that God has allowed me to accomplish. I will always write for God, but these man-made accolades really don’t matter in the scope of things. What matters is that I’m saved and will spend an eternity with Jesus, because I’ve chosen to….
Following Jesus is having a personal relationship with Him. One on One. It’s getting to know Him and Him getting to know you (even though He already knew you even before you were born). My calling is to help our youth and adult Christians, learn more about Christ – the God we choose to follow.
As a new member of Christ, you must allow Him to lead and guide you through life’s journey of ups and downs – trusting that the downs have an ultimate purpose and meaning – for your good. I choose to believe that His will for my life is better than my own. I invite you to join me on this journey!
Do you know Jesus?
If you don’t know Jesus, I would love for you to discover everlasting joy and peace that you can experience today – right where you are! Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you are ready to give your life to Jesus Christ today, follow him and live with Him for eternity –
Pray this prayer…
Lord, I am a sinner. I’m just a beginner. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I believe that you are the Living Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins. I believe that you rose on the third day and will come back again one day to take me home to be with you in heaven for eternity. In Jesus name I pray. Amen (John 3:16)
If you prayed this prayer and have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior – Welcome to the body of Christ! Feel free to share your experience(s) in the comments and Sign Up for my Blog below to get my best as soon as it’s released! You never know – your personal testimony may help someone else who was lost but now are found 🙂