I had the privilege of being born and raised in a Christian home. My parents prayed for their children, and taught us the word of God on a daily basis.
I cannot remember a time when I did not know that there is a God, and from an early age I knew that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring salvation.
When I was about 6 years old I must have had some concern about my soul; I would pray, confessing my sin and asking God to change me. Whether I was truly born again at this point in my life I cannot say. I had a strong desire to be good, and a very tender heart towards the Lord Jesus Christ. However, during school years I seemed to plateau in my spiritual life.
When I went to university I began attending a church where there was very clear and powerful preaching of God’s word, the Bible.
The Lord began to deal with me, taking me deeper in understanding, but also bringing me under stronger conviction of sin.
At times I almost felt I was ‘pinned’ to the pew, as God spoke to me through His word.
It was around this time I began to see the gospel more clearly, and understand what ‘grace’ really means.
I saw that there was nothing I could do to save myself; no contribution I could make. Salvation meant receiving Christ by faith, and all that He had done for me. It was utterly humbling and thrilling all at the same time!
By looking away from myself to Jesus and His perfection I came into an assurance of salvation; and soon after realised that now I needed to be baptized.
I had a new hunger for the Bible, and began to read it more diligently and prayerfully. Another thing also began to happen – the closer I drew to God and to the Church, the less comfortable I felt with friends who were moving in a different direction. The things I wanted to talk about, and places I wanted to go were of no interest to them, and vice versa.
It was also around this time that I began to feel the first stirrings of heart to preach the gospel.
The truth concerning Jesus Christ was so wonderful, and the issues at stake so important that I felt compelled to tell others.
The Lord opened the way for me to attend Bible College, and then begin serving in the very same church where I’d been stirred and baptized. Since then He has led me every step of the way, and taught me many things, but the bottom-line is this:
I’m nothing but a poor sinner saved by grace, and my only hope is Jesus Christ who died for me.