Featured Poet/Writer: Thomas O’Neill

Hey Readers!!!

So I have an exciting post for you today and I know you are going to be just blown away in amazement. Thomas O’Neill, one of my former Jr. High Youth Kids (he is now a sophomore in High School) wrote an amazing poem that you all just have to read. I also asked him to write a reflection on the poem that you can read at the bottom. If you enjoy it (and I know you will!!!!) you can start to read his new blog savedbychrist1997 where you can view more of his work, just simply click here and the link will take you to it. Enjoy and be blessed!!!

What’s this mess you call your life?
What’s this thing that causes strife?
Why are you willing to give up everything to receive nothing?
Why have you forsaken life, but to find death?
This isn’t right, the way you living. So deep in sin, that you ain’t even
Breathing. You used to live happy and joyful.
Now your days are filled with tears and pain.
Why is this happening to such a “Holy person?”
You wanna know why you live like this?
You wanna know why you ain’t got no holiness?
It’s because of sin you live like this. It’s because you are dead in your trespasses.
There’s not an ounce of life inside your chest.
You’ve taken Jesus from your mess.
You’ve cast him away into the abyss.
But he’s come back to reignite the fire.
He’s come back to reign on high.
Let him back in and again you’ll fly.
You must do it to find your life.
CRUCIFY your flesh and you’ll find life.
Look to Jesus, the eternal light.
He is the answer, full of life.
No one can save you, but the author of time.
It’s only God through Jesus Christ.
He went through so much more than you could ever imagine. Give him your life, because this aint no beauty pageant.
You can’t prove how “good” you are.
Because you aren’t and you know it.
You’re just wearing a cloak to hide that you’re broken.
You cannot hide from the one who sees.
You can’t ever flee his holy presence.
Run to him.
Yes I said RUN!!!
You will live forever by the blood of the son.
You are more valuable that a precious stone in his eyes.
I mean come on, he gave his life.
No bigger debt has ever been paid, not by kings, or rulers of the age.
But he paid yours freely, without question.
So receive his gift, then you’ll find satisfaction.
When you come to his cross and you repent, you will no longer be on the fence.
It is your mission to live for him.
No matter what there is life in him.
Now you will be free and Your chains removed.
So tell the world that he rules.
Show them repentance and the grace he gives, because he gives you endless chances.
Yours repentance should be daily, not a one time event.
So repent daily and don’t live on the fence.

So often we get caught up in sin. Sometimes it leads to us slipping and falling on the path of life. It happens to all of us, there is not one who hasn’t tripped and fallen into sin. There was one man who did not sin though. His name is Jesus. He came to this earth around 2,000 years ago and he came with a purpose. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” You see Jesus came here to abolish the law that kept us from entering the kingdom of heaven. He did this by not sinning. Not only did he live a perfect life, but he offered it as a sacrifice for our sins. You see God required that there be shedding of blood for there to be the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus chose to do that for us. He offered himself to be crucified on the cross and shed his blood so that we could enter the kingdom of heaven without sin. He took our burdens. This is something we need to know all the time, especially when we are facing hard times. We need to know that while we were not living according to the standards of God, while we were in sin, and while we cursed God, he died for us anyway. Ephesians 2:1-10 says it all, it says while we were dead in our trespasses, Christ loved us and gave his life for us so that we could be free of sin. To repent means to turn around completely. Matthew Camphuis said, “to make a 180 degree turn.” That is what we need to do daily, turn around from our sins and look to Jesus.

Thomas O'Neill

Thomas O’Neill

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