I wasn’t brought up in a Christian home; my only attendance to church was for christenings and weddings.
I also was christened as a baby, but this did not make me a Christian, as this was what my parents chose for me, but I hadn’t chosen for myself. It was in 2003 that my life was changed forever.
I was now married with 2 of my 3 children. At this time I became reacquainted with an old friend. I had heard through others that she was now a Christian. I didn’t find myself having much thought about this and I had resolved within myself that I wasn’t going to ask any questions about this.
As we had many things in common, children of the same age etc, we started spending a lot of time together.
One of the first things I noticed was a peace and calmness about her, also her kindness towards me; it was a quality I didn’t see in myself. This began to draw me to want to ask my friend why she had chosen to be a Christian?
One day I asked her this question, and she shared with me her own testimony to her faith, how both she and her husband had been saved. They heard the gospel and she told me how sin separated us from God
(Isaiah ch 59 v 2), that Christ had died to pay for my sins (Galatians ch 1 v 4).
My friend then explained to me that I was also a sinner. If I am honest this made me a little angry as I had always thought of myself as a good person, never intentionally doing wrong or hurting anyone.
‘But all have sinned’ she replied, ‘and fallen short of God’s Glory’ (Romans ch 3 v23). This was the first of many conversations that we had.
As the weeks passed, from the moment I awoke until I went to bed, all I thought about was God and all the things my friend had shared with me. I guess I had a fear, what if these things are true?
Easter weekend was now upon us. My mother always had a tradition of cooking fish dinner on a Good Friday, for me this had always been the meaning of Easter, good food and family time. As I told these things to my friend, she explained to me the true meaning of Easter. I had never heard these things before, ‘that Christ died for you and for me,’ my friend continued, ‘to pay the price for our sins’ (1 Corinthians ch 15 v 3&4).
As I awoke one morning in May 2003 I felt an urgency, if all these things are true I need to do something about it. I rushed around to my friends. “What must I do to be saved?” I told her I believed in the Lord Jesus and all the things she had told me. She gave me a Gospel leaflet and privately, just myself and the Lord, I confessed I was a sinner and trusted him as my Saviour.
This was twenty years ago. The Lord Jesus promises in his word, ”to never leave us nor forsake us”,
when you trust in Him (Hebrews 13 v 5).
This verse of scripture has been proven many times over in my lifetime. Trust in Him today as your Saviour and know the joy of having your sins forgiven too.