I’ve been attending church services since I was a baby. Of course, when I was five through nine, I had no clue who Jesus really was. I always wondered why we went to church on Sundays and sometimes Wednesday – Friday (revival days). I also didn’t understand why I had to wear dresses and skirts in church. I was always taught that there is a God that we serve, but who was he? Why did people praise Him so much in church? I didn’t understand all my questions until I got older.
In middle school, I was in a confused state. I didn’t know who I was and I didn’t know what I wanted to be or do in my life. I was always picked on in middle school by boys. I started to think about “are boys supposed to like me? If boys don’t like me, am I supposed to like girls?” I kind of knew it was wrong to think this way, but boys showed honest disinterest in me. I was in the seventh grade, and I really wanted to know who I was supposed to be by the time I entered high school. I heard a clear voice speak to me saying “It’s time to get baptized.”
I remember telling my mom that I wanted to get baptized. She was so happy to hear that, but I was doing it hoping to be released from my confused mind. I was baptized in the summer of my upcoming eighth-grade year. I remember wondering what the next step in the process of being saved is. My mom told me that I needed the Holy Ghost/Spirit. As an eighth grader, I had no clue what this was, but it sounded pretty impressive. My mom and I had an in-depth conversation about what the Holy Ghost was. I learned that it was Jesus living inside of me and guiding me to make the right decisions. I needed Jesus to free me from confusion.
I remember asking what do I have to do for Him to live inside of me? I was told to call on Jesus, and he’ll lead me to speak in tongues. It felt like it took forever to receive the Holy Ghost. I would call on Jesus during the day and the wee hours of the night. I wanted it bad! One summer as an upcoming ninth grader, I was in church, I began to call Jesus repetitiously, and forgot about how I was going to start speaking in tongues. As I let the Lord guide my tongue, I remember saying in my head “Wow! I got the Holy Ghost!” I was so excited, and I confessed it to the congregation. Everybody was so happy, and we all praised God together. The Lord has been living in me since the summer of 2011, and He has been the best decision that I have ever made.
It was hard to fit in with other kids when I entered high school. I learned that even though Jesus lived inside me, I was still going to make mistakes. Although I made mistakes, I discovered that I was always free to make my way back to Him without judgment.
I lost friends and family members because I decided to commit to Jesus Christ. People don’t understand why I don’t do everything that the world does. They may never understand, but, I realized that serving God will always be the best choice for my life. Even though we can’t see Him, the feeling of His presence speaks for itself. I don’t want to just please Jesus, but I want to make it to Heaven and meet Him one day. My biggest fear is to live the life of the world and end up with the enemy in Hell. It is one of my reasons to push myself to live the life of Christ even when I don’t feel like it.
God has been so gracious to me! I’m honestly happy that Jesus saved me in the midst of middle school. I was finally released from confusion. Now I am living to serve Him, and helping others to find out about the beautiful works of Jesus.
I hope that you enjoyed a story that changed my life! I hope that you were inspired or motivated! Thank you for reading. Have a great day, evening or night!
Do you remember when you got saved? Let’s talk in the comments.
If you would like to be saved now, say this prayer aloud, and Jesus will take it from there:
Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again. I want to turn away from my sin and live a godly life. I now invite Jesus Christ into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I am willing to follow Him as Lord of my life from this day forward. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
John 15:4 KJV – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.