I was 16 when I became a Christian. I’ve always thought that my testimony is not remarkable or special or amazing. But recently I’ve been challenged about my thinking. We are all special and unique and God sent his only son, Jesus, to die for each one of us. The bible shows us the depth, the breadth and the height of the love of God in reconciling us to himself.
The year that I became a Christian many of my friends also became believers. Churches were praying for young people.
I come from a very ordinary background. Just me and my mum. I never knew my dad. I did ok at school; I was quiet and well behaved – never getting into trouble. What did I need saving/rescuing from?
But God was at work in my life. Through a friend I started going to a local Church to help with the Sunday School and through that I was invited to go to an international youth gathering in Truro, Cornwall. One night an American preacher spoke about God being our father. I had never missed having a father and I was never interested in finding out who my father was. But that night as the preacher spoke my heart was softened and I knew that I wanted to know the father that he was talking about, I wanted to know God. At the end of the meeting I went forward and was prayed with as I gave my life to God.
When I came home, I didn’t feel like I fitted in to the Church I had been attending. At the same time, I had just started at college. In the first tutorial session we went round the room and introduced ourselves and a girl introduced herself as a born-again Christian. I wasn’t sure what one of them was but I was intrigued. I spoke to her and she invited me to her Church. I went one Sunday and I can remember saying to the others in the Christian Union that I wouldn’t be going back there again! The Church was so different to any Church I’d been to before. But God was there and slowly but surely, I was drawn back and was baptised there.
In my own way I had been seeking something spiritual, not a saviour because as far as I could see I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was more interested in the supernatural and God saved me. He saved me from the things I could have got involved in; astral projection and other new age practices. What an amazing God he is that he loved me so much to save me from myself.
And even though I thought I was a good person he showed me that goodness is not enough to be reconciled to God. If I wanted a relationship with God the Father, I had to recognise that I had done wrong things in my life, repent and put my trust in him.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Sheena