As a child I was raised in an evangelical Christian home. Born to parents in the Nazarene denomination, I was raised to be religious. For 18 years, I spent many hours on Sundays, Wednesdays and in weekly revivals under great Bible preaching. I developed a tremendous knowledge of the Bible, rotating through the entire Bible, old and new testaments every 4 years. I strived to meet the demands of my religious upbringing by keeping all the rules and regulations that would secure my place in heaven. Then I met Christ Jesus.
I met Christ during a revival meeting very similar to the many I had been through in the past 18 years. Until that point, I had known who Jesus was, wanted him to be my Savior, but refused to let him be my Lord. I now understood that I was in the group of folks Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7:21. Folks who called Him Lord, but would not do what “He” said, a self-righteous sinner in need of a savior. I surrendered my whole self to Him, at the time not knowing all that would include.
After my surrender to Him, Jesus began to use me in His ministry. He helped me understand it’s not about religion or me, but about Him and His work. He taught me there is a cost of discipleship, but it’s well worth the price. He has brought me through some difficult situations, teaching me, so that I could be a blessing to others. At age 49, He used my career and studies as an accountant to call me to full-time ministry as a pastor of discipleship. Jesus died for you and me.
Check out my Church: Ridge Avenue Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA