Although I was raised in a Christian home and knew of God since I was little, I don’t remember repenting and surrending my life to God until I was 10. Before this time I was an angry, violent kid. I was mad at my parents and didn’t have a gentle spirit. I went to church regularly and knew the Bible, but there wasn’t evidence of God’s work in my life. The summer before 6th grade I went to summer camp. God convicted me of my rebellion. I repented and asked for God’s grace to turn from my sin.
There was a radical difference after this. Going back to school my attitude and behavior were different. I had been a terror before (my 6th grade teacher later told me that she had been about to retire because she knew I was coming to her class, but was glad she didn’t after that year… and she’s still teaching.). This year and after I was not.
Since that time, I haven’t been without sin. I’ve failed many times. My hope and joy comes from the cross of Jesus. He forgave me and changed my life. God knew every sin I’d commit before I was alive. 2000 years ago, Jesus came and died for these sins. He was crushed for me. He laid down his life for me. By rising from the dead He defeated the power of sin, so that I, in Christ, can please and know God because of His account on my behalf.
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