I thank God I’m a Christian. It is the most glorious life experience ever! Being born into an Anglican family, I grew up knowing about God but I didn’t really know Him.
It was a case of following certain rules of living, because they seemed good and reasonable, without actually knowing the One behind the rules and His reasoning. However, I loved God, and this relationship sufficed until I left home for university.
Shortly before this time, my sister who was born again, had asked me a simple question, ‘do you know God?’ Such a simple question but it lingered in my mind. Did I really know God?! I joined the interdenominational church on campus as soon as I enrolled in university and, the second service I attended, I stepped forward to give my heart to Christ.
I honestly cannot remember the message on the day exactly. It was just a hunger in my heart that made me step forward.
I knew I wanted Him to be Lord of my life if all I’d heard about Him so far was true. I also did it out of curiosity.
I wanted to know more about God as I knew deep down that there had to be a bit more to Him than what I had learned until then and if He would only have a relationship with those who were born again, then, I would be born again. I didn’t realise, then, how much that one decision saved me.
I had an inquisitive mind. Being a science student contributed to this.
I always wanted to understand things from basics. Everything I believed had to have proof.
Prior to my leaving for university, I had been reading some books I found in the house about the spirit realm. They weren’t christian books and looking back on things now, they were more of the occult.
It was purely out of a simple quest for God. I wanted to know who He was and what He was about.
I wanted to ensure I was in good standing with Him, and He with me. I wanted to answer my sister’s question for myself.
These books focussed on the mind more than the spirit but the appeal it had for me was the possibility of mingling with the spirit realm through the power of the mind. Spirit travel, basically.
It was my intention to try this as soon as I could. The books advocated a quiet place.
Maybe I would find that at university. Maybe I would meet with God on one of such journeys.
I suppose I would have done too, although not in the manner I’d planned!! His grace was great though. He saw the hunger in my heart and saved me at that service.
Halleluyah! One simple decision, to make Him Lord of my life, put me on a path to knowing this great God of glory so well. I enjoyed such glorious times of fellowship with the Holy Spirit from that moment, such that the reality of God was confirmed to me.
Some of those experiences were such that it was as though God was physically present with me on many occasions, personally revealing Himself to me and teaching me all about Himself. They were awesome times.
I’d never experienced such peace and joy, fulfilment and satisfaction. And it’s been like that with me ever since that day.
Finally, I had the proof I needed. I have grown in the grace and knowledge of God ever since and I find that He is more beautiful every day.
And I discovered this myself. I don’t have to be convinced by anything or anyone.
The more I know of Him, the more beautiful my life has become. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Jesus, Pastor Chris, Pastor Anita and Sis Kofo Ayodeji, is real.
And He is the one true and only God! He is beautiful, kind, loving, merciful. He is just awesome! Well worth getting to know! I am a christian and proud to be one.