I was asked to write my testimony a couple of years ago. I have since revised it in a few places for the sake of being Scripturally sound.
Today, I’m going to be telling you a bit about my personal testimony of how I got a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus, the Creator, Judge and Redeemer of the world. Let me start by saying that I believe there are two ways someone can get to that place where they realise the enormity of the sin in their life and become a child of God. The first is often the result of a tough time in a person’s life where he gets caught between a rock and a hard place – and out of desperation finds Christ. The second is a matter-of-fact point in one’s life when he comes to a realisation of the gravity of his sin and need for repentance and salvation through Christ Jesus and for me that was the case.
I eventually came to an understanding of what sin was and my need for salvation and so I made a profession of faith a number of years ago. The exact date and time is not important, but the commitment you made on that day is important – and for me it was and still is. Being born into a fundamental Christian family and over the years attending a wide variety of Churches, I was surrounded by sound Bible doctrine and godly teaching. I made a profession of faith at a young age of 7 or 8 and I think some of the Bible teaching went through one ear and exited out the other. I accepted the Gospel as a fact because my parents taught it – like most children who are born into Christian homes. At that point, it wasn’t a personal relationship with Christ.
It was only as I grew older that I actually understood the Gospel and its implications on my life. I understood that I needed to repent of my sin and I began to understand the amazing love of Christ … love so amazing that He would allow Himself to be crushed by His father and take upon Himself the burden of my sin and guilt.
Many preachers like to use the term “accepting Jesus as your Saviour”. In fact that term is not even used in the Bible… not once. I believe that an acceptance does not necessarily translate into an understanding. It is imperative that you make Christ Lord of your life not just saviour. You need to surrender everything to Him. Your life is no longer your life, it is now His life. Your time is no longer your time, it is now His time. Your possessions are no longer your possessions, they are now His possessions. Your future is no longer your future, it is now His future. Your treasure is no longer your treasure, it is now His treasure. And you have now transferred all that you are and all that you have to all that He is. You are now His Servant and He is now your Master.
Many people say the “Sinner’s Prayer” but they never made a genuine commitment to a life of walking with the Lord in the way He has instructed them to. It is important for each one of us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith (2 Cor 13:5). One day we will have to give account of every single word and deed in our lives before the judgement seat of Christ. Do we want to hear “Well done though good and faithful servant” or “Depart from me, I never knew you”?
Many people get stuck on justification (the process by which one becomes a Christian). While this is very important, I believe that Scripture shows clearly that the next step is sanctification which is having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and living a life of holiness (setting yourself apart from the world although still living in it) and producing fruit – a life full of useful service for the Lord. I would recommend that you read Matthew 7 to learn more about what walking the narrow way involves. This passage of Scripture played a key role in helping me understand that not everyone who claims to know the Lord enters the kingdom of heaven but only those that do his Father’s will. (Matthew 7:21)
I am always inspired by faithful Christians who have gone on to be with the Lord Jesus in glory and it is my heart’s desire that I would have faith like theirs’. I want my life to have an impact on this planet. The time we have on this earth is short. Every day is a gift of God. I want to do things that count… that have true eternal value in the grand scheme of life.
I’m thankful that my parents taught me God’s ways and not just the Gospel only but what sanctification and living a life of service for the Lord is all about.
At some point in every person’s life, they have to make the decision whether they will choose between the serious realities of heaven or hell. God’s wonderful gift of salvation is free, on the condition that you are humble enough to admit you’re a sinner and that you need the Lord Jesus in your life. The question “Where will you spend eternity?” personally has helped me realise the seriousness of the fact that if I got killed today or tonight where would my soul end up. It helped me to realise the gravity of what would happen if I died – and it still does. A Christian should not be worried about death because he knows where he is going to spend eternity.
Have you repented of your sin and accepted Christ’s work on the cross as the only way that your sins could be atoned for? Have you made Christ Lord of your life? Are you taking up your cross daily and striving to walk the narrow way?
If you have never made a profession of faith before, my heart’s prayer for you is that God would lead you to that place of humble repentance and confession before Him.