I was born in a christian family, being brought up knowing who God and Jesus were. I went to children’s church every Saturday, and ‘grown-ups’ church with my parents every Sunday. I was a good girl.
My parents taught me from a young age about God and it gave me a guideline as to how I had to live, to know that God existed and that He had a plan for my life.
But did that automatically make me a Christian?
Even though I loved Jesus in a way, I didn’t know who He truly was and the power of what He did on the cross for me. Sin, and the love of the world were growing in me as the years went by. My parent’s faith and my knowledge of God didn’t stop all the desires, the bad thoughts, and all the things that were boiling in me as a teenager. I had to know Christ personally, for myself – in other words to be born again.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
The day I had to face my sin, I realised who I truly was. I started to condemn myself and I felt like I had no way out. I could not bear this weight on my shoulders, I couldn’t stop crying, couldn’t eat anymore, I didn’t know how to live.
I remembered God in my pain and I knew I had to go to church that day. I can’t remember what was preached, all I knew was that I had to go ask for prayer at the end of the meeting! I did. That day I truly repented of my sin and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.
I was 19 years old then. That day, I knew I was born again! Oh what a relief to feel forgiven, the joy to feel whole again, to feel loved again and to feel no condemnation anymore. I cannot describe with words!!!
My parent’s faith only brought me to a place in life where I knew that God existed, that He loved me and that one day I would meet with Him personally, but they could never have been able to bring that experience in my life, it had to be my own faith, my own meeting with Christ.
You can be born in a Christian family, be a good ‘Christian’ girl or boy for many years, but at the end of the day, salvation is not through anyone else’s faith, but a personal meeting with Jesus Christ.