I Gave My Life to Jesus
I gave my life to Jesus Christ when I was five or six years old. Unlike many people who remember and can quote the exact day of their conversion, I was so young that I only remember the setting and the general details of that moment.
Because I was so young when I got saved, I sometimes questioned whether or not I had really understood the full weight of my decision to follow Jesus. Yet, I knew in my heart that, with all sincerity, I loved Jesus and wanted desperately to please Him.
I cannot begin to innumerate the times I cried out to God, particularly in my teenage years. Each season of life opened my eyes to both my need for God and His love for me.
This week I will be 45 years old. I have now been following Jesus for nearly 40 years. Like the Psalmist, I can truthfully say: “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken.”
We live in a world of confusion and antagonism, fueled by rebellion against God and skepticism against faith. Retaliation becomes the knee-jerk reaction, and, too often, we find ourselves fighting battles “in the flesh,” rather than “in the Spirit.”
If we aren’t careful we can come across as critical, condemning, and judgmental -as if we are morally superior.
Let me tell you why I am not interested in that approach:
- First of all, I am not morally superior to anyone. I was bound in unrighteousness and sin, until Jesus rescued me.
- Secondly, my goal is not to win arguments; my goal is to win souls.
If I win the debate, but lose the person, I have become the winning loser.
Many believers cannot biblically exegete Scriptures and expound on their theological implications.
Many believers cannot debate deep philosophical stances in order to “prove” the existence and goodness of God.
But there is one thing that God has given to every believer – a gift that confounds the wisdom of the world and melts the heart of stone – each of us has a testimony.
I may not be able to debate the skeptic and scoffer, but I can tell of God’s goodness to provide for and protect my family.
I may not be able to out-think the atheistic philosopher or scientist, but I can live my life with joy, integrity, and peace.
“The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.” Psalm 145:13 ESV
Salvation is not the result of me changing someone’s mind; it is the result of God changing someone’s heart.
Believer- never underestimate the power of a life lived for God. Your life matters, and you do make a difference.