I grew up attending church regularly, learning the Bible stories, etc. I don’t remember ever not being an active member of church; it’s just what my family did.When I was 8, we had a “Spring Revival”, where a visiting preacher came and we had church every night for a week. I don’t remember the preacher’s name, what he preached about, or the songs we sang. But on one of those nights, when he asked at the end of the sermon if anyone needed to get saved, I knew in my heart that I did.
I knew that I was a sinner, and God had to punish sin. My Dad took me out to a side room and explained how Jesus’ death and resurrection made it possible for God to forgive my sins, and I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Shortly after, I was baptized.
After that, I continued growing up in church. Through High School, though I never got into any serious trouble or sin, I still did not live for God; I was a hypocrite. A year after graduation, I realized God wanted me to serve Him in ministry, and I answered that call, and have been serving Him ever since, mainly in ministering to youth. Knowing Jesus gives me hope and strength to make it through life’s tough times, and assurance that God will never leave me.
Check out my Church: Sharon Baptist Church, Tecumseh, OK