Before my salvation I thought that I knew who Jesus was. I grew up in South Carolina and was in and out of church, being baptized when I was in eighth grade. However, I know now that this was not the time that I was saved, this was an attempt at being a part of a youth group, not about making Jesus the Lord of my life. As I began high school and going into college I sought after things that gave me only temporary satisfaction. Partying, relationships, popularity, etc. All of which left me still feeling ultimately empty.
God began to work on me in my sophomore year of college. When asked what I believed by my future wife, I said, “I think I believe in God”. From this question I began to think what I really believed. I bought a Bible and for the first time started to read and see who Jesus really was/is. I saw that I was not truly saved. A few weeks later my wife invited me to church and at that service the pastor made it clear that we are either for or against Christ. In that moment I made Him Lord!
From that moment forward I worked to see what it meant to be a follower of Christ. Struggling to understand sin and by the power of the Spirit get rid of it. I discovered a deep passion for studying the Word of God and talking about it. As I became more involved in church I started to feel the tug toward full time ministry. I am now a seminary student seeking to live out this calling and serve Christ daily.
Check out my Church: Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia, SC