I was born and raised in a Christian environment by parents who loved God with a passion and therefore I was introduced to God much early in my life. I grew up regarding God and Jesus as the Lord of my life.
However, I had my first conviction of my faith at the age of 12 after listening to a sermon about the end times. I came forward during the altar call and dedicated my life to Christ.
Even then I thought it was all about rules and regulations and Christianity felt like being in bondage. Even the songs we sang then always talked about a better and brighter tomorrow while the present was always a struggle.
To this end, even though I still believed in God and His love for me I relegated my faith to the background, surfacing only when I was going to church or I needed God the most. I joined my school choir and actively participated in Christian events.
I rededicated my life several times and this was the pattern of life I lived till I got into University. While at University, I joined several music bands, singing songs of various artists and establishing a reputation as a singer.
but all this was not fulfilling as I felt God blessed me for more. I then joined a church choir that also had a fellowship and my walk with God became more serious and fulfilling.
I felt I was living in service to him. Even then my relationship was defined by the things I did for him rather than His loving me "in spite of".
I was still concerned whether my actions, or lack of, will get me into heaven or hell. What a life! I had an epiphanic moment when God's love became so real to me.
It was an incident when our house was broken into my armed bandits. I found myself staring at the barrel of a gun with the gunman threatening to shoot because he found some things we previously had said we didn't have.
We were locked up in a room with the intention of being shot later. It was during this period I reassessed my life and asked God for a guarantee that I would be in heaven.
I felt such inner peace as he embraced me in His arms that I didn't care what was going to happen to me anymore. His love was so real that I knew that even if I was not killed my life was totally His, and His alone.
I have since received His call, I'm working in His vineyard and have not looked back since. .