David Ridal, Collingwood
18th February 2015
Being brought up by Christian parents who took me to church for as long as I can remember I always assumed that I was a Christian. However, I thought that it was just a thing for some people on a Sunday and that the things I heard about did not actually make a difference to my life. But, from starting to look at who Jesus claimed he was I realised that if the things he said were true, were in fact true then the implications were massive.
Having realised the importance of God’s word I began to read it more and more. It was clearly evident from the word of God that I was not a Christian but in fact the complete opposite, a sinner who deserved nothing but God’s righteous and just punishment in hell forever. Even though I was a pretty decent guy, I had not truly lived giving the glory to God as he deserves. As I tried to become a better person myself by reading the bible I realised that I was wrapped up in sin and unable to make myself right with God. Fortunately, that was not the end of my learning.
When I was 14 I went on a camp where I was taught the gospel very clearly that Jesus had already taken the death and punishment on the cross to remove the penalty that I deserved, and that if I accepted this gift of grace I could be adopted into Gods family. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit – 1 Peter 3:18. Hang on, Jesus, the Son of God, who had never sinned against God, came to earth to pay the full penalty that we all deserve. This means that Jesus was not just a nice guy and a bit different due to the fact that he could perform miracles, it means that he was the saviour of the world, chosen by God to save us. Having realised that through the completion of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection, I was able to be reconciled to and have a friendship with God. I became a Christian by believing in Jesus and committing my life to Him.
Whilst I am still not a perfect person, life is not easy and that I do not fully understand all that happens in life, what the sovereign and trustworthy God has promised me is an eternal certain hope and a future relationship with God in heaven, and that is much more important than anything that I could gain myself in this world. This hope is certain and will never change. Being a Christian is the best thing ever, and the most important thing in my life, knowing that I no longer need to fear anything, even death. ‘Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed; for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ – Isaiah 41:10. If you have not investigated the truth of Christianity then this is a really great opportunity and given its importance it would be silly not to.