The first young lady NJS Magazine has had the blessing of interviewing is Genevieve from Just Jesus Posts.
NJS: What inspires you to glorify Christ daily in your personal life?
JUST JESUS POSTS: All of my inspiration comes from Christ and the way He has changed my life. I have experienced His love, grace, and mercy and when you experience something like that you want others to. The love that comes from Christ, as shown to us by the Cross, is a radical kind of love that I can’t keep quiet about. I want my friends and others around me who don’t know Jesus to look at me and think, “Wow, there is something different about her!” and I hope that they come to realize that the difference is Jesus. I hope that by glorifying Christ in my life I am a witness and living testimony to others. Jesus died for me and that kind of love inspires me to live for Him.
NJS: What motivated you to start Just Jesus Posts?
JJP: I started Just Jesus Posts in October of 2013. During that time I was going through a period in my walk with God that I felt very connected to Him and on fire for Him, like He had started a spark in my heart. That spark motivated me to start Just Jesus Posts on Instagram. I am really into graphic design and in the past had enjoyed editing photos for a Taylor Swift fandom account that I had, so I got the idea to combine my love for editing photos, Jesus, and spreading His gospel into an Instagram page. It wasn’t until I created the account that I began to discover that there was a whole community of Christians, specifically Christian girls who were my age, doing the same thing that I was. One of the first accounts I found was @christiangirls and to this day her account, love for Christ, and heart for others inspires me. When I started my account I had no idea that it would get as big as it has gotten. Everyday I get comments and direct messages on Instagram saying things like, “Your account inspires me” or “Your account has really helped me in my walk with God” and it is little comments like those that remind me why I do what I do and motivate me to keep going. I feel so blessed that God has given me this platform to connect with people and touch their lives. It is truly amazing.
NJS: Do you believe that a believers relationship with Jesus should affect or influence what they wear?
JJP: Yes, I think what we choose to wear as Christians says a lot. Personally, I love fashion; it has always been a way for me to express myself. What you wear says a lot about who you are and people will notice it. As Christians, when we enter a relationship with Christ the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You do not belong to yourself.” We are temples of God, His Holy Spirit is inside of us and it is important that we dress ourselves in a way that honors that.
NJS: What type of advice would you give to a person who has lived their entire life dressing a certain way, but then they came to the full knowledge of Christ and realized their attire needed to change, where should they start?
JJP: Start by thinking about these questions, “Is what I am wearing something that I would wear if I were standing in front of God?” “Is what I am wearing honoring/respecting my body, which is a creation of God’s, and not exploiting it?” and “Does what I am wearing follow the descriptions of how to dress that are written in the Bible?” If the answer is no to any of those questions then you can start by trying to find outfits that make you be able to say yes. There are also many scriptures that talk about how we should dress which is also a great place to start. The Bible is really a great place to start for anything.
NJS: What passage of scripture currently ministers to you?
JJP: There is always one verse that I find myself going back to again and again which is Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.” It is a short verse but it is so powerful and straight forward. Personally, I find that when I am struggling I will ask God for help but won’t fully let go of control. I am constantly trying to think of ways that will help me get out of whatever mess I am in, rather than just giving it all to God. Also, I find that when I am in a tough spot I pray over and over again for God to help me but don’t take the time to be still and let Him. I forget that I just have to be still and let God handle whatever is going on and this verse reminds me of that. It gives me a lot of peace knowing that I have a God who will always fight for me.
NJS: What would you say to other teenagers in high school having to deal with the peer pressure of dressing like society and following trends.
JJP: I know that it can be hard to go against the crowd. I know it can be hard being the only one in a modest swimsuit at the pool when all the people around you are wearing string bikinis; being the only one who doesn’t wear crop tops and short shorts. I know that it can be hard to stand out and God knows this. But my advice to you would be to always remember Who you are standing out for. You are standing out for the God of the Universe whose opinion of you is much more important than the opinion of those around you. Also by standing out, you are reflecting Jesus which is way more attractive than any fashion trend and is something that will never go out of style.
NJS: What is your dream job?
JJP: This is actually a really hard question since I have so many interests but currently I think that my dream job would either be working at a magazine (particularly a fashion one), being a counselor, or a Youth pastor (or pretty much anything in ministry). Though I don’t really care what my job is as long as it is what God desires for me and it allows me to spread His love.
NJS: What is one item in your closet you could never throw away?
JJP: My cross necklace. It is actually a scrabble piece that has a cross on the front (there is a letter E on the back of it for my nickname Evie, when I bought it there wasn’t a G for Genevieve available). I also have a charm on the necklace that has the logo of the summer camp I attend every year. It is a Christian camp and I went there for the first time when I was 11 and it was the place where I accepted Jesus into my heart. I wear it 24/7; I can’t remember the last time I took it off.
NJS: What are some worship artists or band you’d recommend?
JJP: My all time favorite worship singers are Britt Nicole, Francesca Battistelli, and Hillsong United. I have listened to Britt and Francesca since I was in elementary school and their songs have helped me through so much. Hillsong United is a band that I got into after they released their song “Oceans” which is my favorite worship song.
NJS: What do you believe is the biggest misconception of Christianity?
JJP: I believe that a lot of people think of Christianity as a strict religion with a bunch of rules and followers (Christians) who are hypocritical and judgmental. People don’t understand that Christianity isn’t a religion, it is a relationship with the God of the Universe who created you and everything around you. Also, people think that God is out to get them and condemn them for their sins, when what He really wants is to forgive your sins and transform you by giving you grace. I think that the Church (as a group of people) have made mistakes that have then been projected onto Christianity/God. The misconceptions that people have of Christianity really break my heart because I just think, “You have no idea of what you’re missing/turning your back on.” I think that is why sharing the gospel and living it out in your actions and relationships with people is so important.
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