I grew up in a home where my mom loved Jesus and my dad did not. From my earliest memories I understood that there was a creator God but I openly rebelled against obeying/ following the LORD at a young age, probably when I was 6. Not coincidentally, at that time, I was exposed to things that no person should ever see or hear. There were multiple sins that mastered me and looking back, I realize, I was a willing slave to them. I brought much grief and sadness to my mom. Over the next 10 years I looked for a “savior” seemingly everywhere but the Bible. Around the age of 16 I involved myself in a cult, known as the World Wide Church of God. Through one of it’s members I was taught a (wrong) view of the “unpardonable sin”. For 2 years I was able in my strength to not commit the “unpardonable sin”. When I finally did it there was no doubt in my mind that I was eternally damned to hell. So did I fret over it? No! Since I had no hope of heaven I decided to live as wickedly and rebellious, against the God who rejected me, as possible. I created a wide path of destruction. My dad told me I was the biggest disappointment of his life.
During my 20th year, a strange thing happened. In the midst of my hellbound life, while laying in bed, the Lord’s prayer, something I learned from my mother, came to mind. What is this about? I was able to shake it off and go to sleep. The next night…the same thing. What is going on?! It’s as though I was being called. It didn’t take long before I found an old friend who, years earlier, got all weird about following Jesus. Well, he invited me to Church. I went. Broke down. Confessed my sin. Over the next 2 weeks read the whole New Testament…AND GOD SAVED ME!
I give you these details in order that the grace and mercy and love and pursuit and redemption and change can only be attributed to the work of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. “For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom He predestined He called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30
Since that great and glorious day that God saved me I have fallen deeper in love with my Savior, in love with His Church, fallen in love with my bride since ’92, Robin, raised three God-fearing children, Megan, Josie and Jedidiah, and presently serve Christ’s Bride, the redeemed of CrossWay as an elder.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11