Emily Elder

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Despite growing up in the church and hearing about Jesus my whole life, I misunderstood the gospel for a long time. I tried really hard to gain the approval of family, peers, and even God. I thought if I worked hard enough I could earn my way to him. Isaiah 64:6 says, “all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags.” Though I continually tried, I knew I my efforts would never be enough. God graciously opened my eyes to see that I didn’t have to earn my way. Romans 5:8 tells us that “while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” He showed me that I couldn’t be saved as a result of works or by my own doing but by grace alone through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8). During my time in college at Samford God used the ministry of Campus Outreach to lead me into a deeper understanding of this amazing truth. The gospel is what has and continues to transform my heart. Whatever I did have in the world’s eyes or by my own power I count as loss compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus and being known by him.