In tandem with our sermon series on the Book of Acts, we thought it would be helpful if the leadership of the church each shared their testimony. Testimonies are powerful. They’re personal stories of what God has done in our lives. Along with the blood of Jesus, Revelation 12:11 says that we overcome the Enemy by the “word of our testimony.” Our hope is that through this series of articles, your faith will be strengthened, you’ll get to know all of us better, and you’ll see that Jesus can and does redeem all kinds of people in all kinds of ways.
I grew up in a christian home and am the son of a pastor, so being around the church and hearing about the gospel were very normal experiences for me. I had the misconception however, that the saving grace of Jesus was something that I would receive automatically if my parents were christians. I remember one night when I was 7, my mom was tucking me into bed and we were talking about salvation. I remember to this day telling her, “I’m good because you and Dad are christians and since you are, that means I am.” My mom explained to me that night that that was not how believing in Jesus works. She explained to me that each person has the choice to either follow Jesus and be saved or not. After she left the room I remember wrestling with the thought that I was not a christian and then knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I wanted to follow Jesus and that I wanted Him to be my savior.
The next morning I talked to my dad after church. I told him what I was feeling and what I knew in my heart; that I wanted to follow Jesus and have Him be my savior. He and I talked for a while about what that means and looks like. He wanted to make sure that I knew and understood what I was doing. He and I prayed together and I accepted Christ to be my Lord and Savior.
Since then my life has had its highs and lows but with Jesus at the center of my life and all that I am and do, He has carried me through and continues to do so. Praise the Lord for all He has done. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8.