Bria Savage’s Essay
Over the years, there has been a tremendous, on-going transformation taking place in my life and 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 validates this change. I say that it is on-going, because Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word “renewing” is a present participle in this verse, meaning it forms continuous or on-going tenses. Everyone has an old life that they are not very proud of. My old life consisted of fear, timidity, low-self esteem, false peace, misconstrued humility, unforgiveness, and rebellion, to say the least. I attended church and performed everything that was expected of me; however, I was operating in sin at the same time.
Primarily, it was my own mind that prevented me from walking in the fullness of who God called me to be. During the end of my junior year in high school in 2011, I grew discontented with the way I was living and I became weary in wearing the façade that I had created. I made the conscious and intentional decision to stop taking lightly the purpose God placed in me and I rededicated my life to Christ Jesus. Despite all of the wrong I had done and even mistakes that I could potentially make in the future, I had to believe in my heart that I was a new creature in Christ. I finally accepted the agape love that God made free to all of us. It still behooves my mind that Jesus Christ became all of my sins in order that I could be made just with the God of the universe.
In my renewed walk with Christ, one of the first principles I began studying was the kingdom of God. As followers of Jesus Christ, our main responsibility is to manifest the kingdom of God here on this earth. We accomplish this task by operating as Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is an authorized messenger or representative. Therefore, we have the legal right to represent Jesus Christ in earth. John 14:12 goes even further to reaffirm our legal rights by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Jesus has ascended to heaven to be with His Father and has left us here on earth to do even greater works than He did. That is why it is so important that we uphold the duties and responsibilities as an ambassador of Christ. If we do not, who will?
I am taking the initiative to influence our society and culture for Christ by being a young entrepreneur, community leader, and soon-to-be college graduate. At the age of 17, I started Epic Worship LLC, which is a company that produces custom artwork, Christian t-shirts, and basic business logos. Being that one of my passions is art, Epic Worship allows me to use my talent to spread positivity via clothing, canvases, and graphic design. In May of 2014, I founded Young 31s, which is based on the Proverbs 31 passage in the Bible. Young 31s is a non-profit organization that seeks to mentor, inspire, and empower young ladies ages 13 to 21. Through seven thought provoking, life changing, adventurous, abstract, as well as practical mentoring sessions, every young woman who transitions through these sessions is offered a tangible opportunity to live a life she may have never been exposed to. Young 31s has graduated seven amazing ladies and plans to continue this work with the second cycle starting this January.
Carrying out God’s will for my life holds so much weight and it would be a shame to be the one member of Christ’s body who is out of position. Being out of place will cause dysfunction to the body and that is something I refuse to be responsible for. I am determined to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world through Epic Worship and Young 31s, but not limited to these two avenues, one t-shirt at a time and one young lady at a time. If I can impact a few lives, I believe that a chain reaction of believers on fire for God will ignite one another with expedience.