How Jesus Used YouTube

RS youtube.jpg

Intimacy comes naturally to me. Deep diving into real and raw emotions is second nature. When I recommitted my life back to Christ, the only way I knew how to connect was to go all in.

Intimacy can be scary, we’ve all been let down at some point in our lives and usually by the people we love the most. If you’re a new Christian or newly recommitted, feeling overwhelmed as to where to even start is natural. Luckily for us, Jesus loves us and only wants our hearts. However, it’s up to us to cultivate the relationship. 

Treat Jesus like a new friend you’re getting to know. Developing any relationship takes time, commitment, and communication. A world of knowledge is quite literally at our fingertips, therefore we don’t have an excuse to not invest in our relationship with Christ. 

The biggest tool that helped me get closer to Jesus was YouTube. When I was feeling afraid, sad or defeated, I’d always stumble across the exact video my spirit needed. Watching sermons on YouTube led to reading scripture, which led to studying these real-life characters in the Bible. 

History is also a passion of mine, so I enjoyed learning about real people who went through the same trials and tribulations as me. Relating to broken people whom Jesus loved allowed me to exhale with relief. The more I knew, the more I wanted to know and the more the Holy Spirit moved in me. 

Learning about God’s character through each story in the Bible allowed me to trust Him. Slowly His desires crept into my heart and before I knew it, my life was different in the best way possible. Countless nights and entire days were spent pressing into His grace with tearstained cheeks. It was just me and God, one on one. I didn’t have a pastor or a parent guiding me, I had the best Teacher leading me into the light. 

We’re flawed sinners who are inherently selfish. Jesus is the only one in the world who will never leave or forsake us. Our relationship with Him is the most important relationship we’ll ever have. He isn’t just a Sunday-only, sit in the back pew because you came late and want to sneak out before offering, kind of God. He’s a best friend when you’re lonely. He’s a loving parent when yours are unable to be. He’s a mender of broken hearts and a faith redeemer. You’ll never regret spending time in His presence and pouring out your heart.  

He wants all of you and he’s waiting for you to invite him in! 

Here’s a good prayer to start with, Psalm 86:1-13 (New Living Translation): 

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
    answer me, for I need your help.
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
    Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
    You are my God.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
    for I am calling on you constantly.
4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
    for I give myself to you.
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
    hear my urgent cry.
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
    and you will answer me.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
    that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
    so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
    I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
    You have rescued me from the depths of death.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. 

Rachel Stoddard bio.png