I grew up attending church regularly and heard the gospel proclaimed on a consistent basis. At around eight years old I began to realize my sinfulness and need for a Savior. I responded to an invitation to receive Christ at a VBS service, though in hindsight there was no true saving faith in my life as a result. My heart was akin to the first kind of soil Christ describes in His parable of the sower – His word was snatched away before given time to take root.
It was not until a few years later that I came to realize that true saving faith is accompanied by the fruit of a changed life. After hearing a pastor’s clear explanation of repentance, I came to understand I had not yet done so. That evening I called upon the Lord, and committed to submit my life to Him.
And the Lord gave me new life indeed. Those commands of His which I once despised to obey – telling the truth, obeying one’s parents, loving Him with all of one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength – I suddenly found a joy to obey. Through His cross and resurrection, He has made me new and is making me more and more like Himself everyday. I am now His servant, living to honor Him and bring glory to His name.