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Gaining & Losing Because of Jesus

Week seven in the Because of Jesus series brings a powerful look at the cost of being a follower of Jesus and celebrates the victories. You will be inspired to read how Sundi Jo Graham’s life is different – because of Jesus.

Because of Jesus family members have disowned me.

Because of Jesus many friends have moved out of my life.

Because of Jesus some have enjoyed watching my failures.

I have been called a “Bible Thumper” and told I’m too religious. I have been asked why I can’t talk about someone else besides God. Why can’t I just be the way I used to be? What happened to the old Sundi Jo?

When I signed up for this thing called following Christ, I had no idea what was in store for me. I didn’t know the extent of which I would be judged. I didn’t know people would walk away because of my faith. I didn’t know Christianity would be so danged hard. For anyone who says it’s easy, I highly recommend you check again.

You see, there is a difference in simply believing in Jesus and following Jesus. I used to believe. I would show up at church on Sunday, worship, say my “hello” for the week, then go home and wait to do it all again the following week. But then I started getting hungry – hungry for something more. Starving for something besides the same ole’ everyday routines of life. I asked God to change that.

I wasn’t ready for what He brought on.

He pruned me down to a stump and I had to start over again. He cleaned out dusty parts of my heart that I didn’t even know existed. It hurt. I cried. He broke down walls that I had fought to keep up all my life. It sucked. But bit by bit that stump grew back into a tree with beautiful, fruit bearing branches. And then…

He sent me out to be a disciple. 

Things haven’t looked the same since.

Because of Jesus I can smile.

Because of Jesus I look others in the eyes without shame.

Because of Jesus I am walking in freedom.

I’m proud to be called a “Bible Thumper.” Why wouldn’t I want to talk about God and what He’s done in my life? I’m so happy I’m not the way I used to be. And as for the old Sundi Jo? Oh.. she’s still here, but better.

Perhaps there will be lonelier days than others because some around me don’t understand how amazing following Jesus is. I’m okay with that. If it takes my failures being displayed for all to see to show the grace and mercy of my Jesus, I’m okay with that too.

Will I keep offending others with my faith?

Because of Jesus, I hope so…

 Sundi Jo Graham is a writer, speaker, and social media consultant, making her home in Branson, Missouri. You’ll either find her engulfed in the social media world, spending time with family and friends, running, hanging out in a pair of jeans, t-shirt, and flip flops, or writing for the Kingdom. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Read more inspiring Because of Jesus personal accounts here: Tracee’s Hope, Melissa’s JourneyAngie Risks Loving Others, and Someone Knocked on Louanne’s Door, Shawn is not Afraid, and Julie is Alive.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

16 Replies

  1. Louanne Dietrich

    I rejoice with you, sister!

  2. Just what I needed, was just sitting and thinking to myself how God has changed me and I too am proud to be a Bible Thumper

  3. From believing to following. What a difference. Very powerful post!

  4. You are a blessing to me and so many others Sundi Jo. Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Thanks for sharing. Love you.

  5. woohoo, you go girl… keep it up!

    1. You’re inspiring to me to follow Christ boldly.

      1. Thanks Alyssa. You can do it cause Jesus is in you!

  6. Excellent post, In Christ alone one’s hope is found, All that is we have gained more than enough to what we lost, that also for our betterment. God Bless!!

  7. Sundi Jo, you have changed so much, and you are a true inspiration. I admire your boldness!

    1. Thank you Rosella. I appreciate the encouragement and kind words. It’s Jesus in me to be admired.

  8. Shirley

    Sundi Jo, because of Jesus—you are becoming an amazing person. So proud of you!