I was raised in a church sponsored orphanage. We had to go to church every time the doors were open; Sundays morning and evening, Wednesday night, Friday night, and all revival services that generally run weeks at a time. I would go to the alter many times to pray because I thought that is what I was supposed to do. So I always thought I was a Christian, because I was doing what I was taught to do to be a Christian.
In August this year Brother Jimmy preached several sermons on what it means to truly trust in God and if you died would you know for a fact that you would go to heaven. God convicted me of playing church. On August the 31st during our normal Bible reading I was talking to Shirley about how I felt. She asked me if I had actually asked God to come into my life and forgive me of my sins and be Lord of my life. I thought about it and realized I had not done that. We prayed together and I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and take control of my life and he did. I thank God for his forgiveness and his saving power.
I wanted to tell everybody about my salvation, the first thought was what will people think since I have been going to church all of these years. The fact is there are many people warming a church bench and have not asked God to forgive their sins and be Lord of their life and will be lost when they stand before God.
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