Morgan is a blessing of a member here at Rooted. She is passionate about her faith, joyful about God's love, and happy to share what the Lord is doing in her life. She is one of our college students at Rooted and currently attending university at NC State.
This is Morgan's testimony:
At the age of twelve, I truly gave my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. At the age of seven, I had professed faith, but did not live this out. At around ten, I realized this and instead of accepting God’s love as a free gift, I believed I had to earn it back through being a good person, which translated to being a good daughter, making good grades, and always succeeding in whatever I was doing, which put undue pressure on myself to be perfect, leading to my becoming angry and frustrated at myself. If not for God working through my parents on the night that I accepted Christ, I am not sure where I would have been.
But I did attend, I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and something shifted within me. The pastor asked if any of us wanted a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Wrestling with my pride after realizing that I was still lost, an image of a man flashed in my mind with arms wide open, and that is when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ, because in that moment he let me know that he died for the me as I was, without needing or asking anything in return, loving me as I am unconditionally.
We are so grateful to our God for how He worked and continued to work in Morgan's life! Here are some more parts of Morgan's story that she shared with us.
What is your favorite passage of Scripture? Why is that?
My favorite passage of scripture is Isaiah 43:1-7 (ESV):
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.
I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
This was one of the first passages that I read where God specifically declares his love for his people and also describes the full majesty of his power, strength, authority, kingship, and ownership of his people. This was also one of the first passages I read in which God describes his love for his people so intensely, sharing exactly how he will be there, not just for, but with his people through thick and thin.
What was important in a church that it brought you to Rooted? How long have you been here?
The theology was definitely important to me, but also the fact that everyone in the church is so involved in its continued growth in some way, shape or form. I have appreciated how modern topics are addressed through a biblical lens, especially topics that I am able to take and apply to my own life. I do not feel excluded and belittled for my age or gender, but have been treated equally within the church. I appreciate that the church itself has its eyes fixed on the Bible, taking their core beliefs directly from the
Bible rather than tradition or feelings, stressing looking back to the Bible for God’s will. The distance from my home also helped in bringing me to Rooted. I have been attending now for a couple of months; since early October of 2020.
What is something that COVID has grown you in?
Through COVID, God is growing my ability to be patient, especially when it comes to waiting on God’s timing rather than mine, where I want to go go go and make quick decisions without waiting on his possible plan for me.
Through COVID, I was also led to finding Rooted, which I believe to be a strong community of believers where I am constantly being challenged to seek after God even more.
What is your biggest hope to see happen within the Rooted family?
My biggest hope is that it will keep moving forward as a strong body of God fearing, Christ
following believers reaching inwardly and outwardly in the community for the glory of God with the purpose of spreading the gospel in their Jerusalem, Judea, and ends of the earth.