I grew up in a christian home and went to church every Sunday. It still took me 15 years to truly make the faith that I saw in my parents my own. For you see, I had spent many years thinking that I was saved, but as the bible says in Matthew 7:21, ” Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” It was in the summer of 2009 that I went to youth camp with my church and we had to memorize these verses, which really hit me hard.That night in the service the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin! The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” so I went forward and my youth leader Jay Yoder showed me from the bible how I could be saved. In Romans 5:8 it says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” and here I understood that I was a sinner. Then I read in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Now I understood that sin has a penalty to be paid. I then understood that Jesus paid this penalty for me by His death,burial, and resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 it says ” For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” That night I truly accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I became a son of God as John 1:12 tells me, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” So this is my new identity!!
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