My Story

I'm the one in the front with the "what's going on" expression.

I’m the one in the front with the “what’s going on” expression.

I love hearing how other people have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Though our backgrounds are different and the events in our lives are miles apart, we still have a common experience when it comes to giving our lives over to Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

So it’s exciting to hear other people tell the details that brought them to that place.

My story always feels ordinary and unexciting, but I guess that’s part of the beauty of God’s amazing love. While He can pull out a last-minute rescue such as the one the thief who died next to Jesus experienced, and He can dramatically turn around a Christian-hater like Paul, He can also open His arms to the little children whose parents brought them to receive His blessing.

My story is like the ones those little children might have told years later.

I came to Jesus when I was three—as near as I can tell. I don’t actually remember the moment in time when I turned my life over to God. At least not that first time.

Yes, there were multiple times. I’ve written elsewhere (in “Believe in Jesus” and “My Deceitful Heart“) about my early doubts and the process of coming to realize I had, in fact, entered into a relationship with God despite my sins of action and attitude which continued to plague me. You see, I’d thought the evidence of my relationship with God would be a life of perfect obedience, and I just wasn’t seeing that.

Eventually I came to the point where I realized if I was to get off the roller-coaster of doubt, I had to trust that God meant what He said: if I confessed with my mouth (and I had) and believed in my heart that Jesus was who He said He was (and I did), I was saved.

The issue wasn’t what I had to do because I couldn’t do anything big enough or great enough to earn a right relationship with God. If I was to be saved, it was because of what Christ did for me, and I simply had to put my trust in Him.

Here’s the thing that I think is so cool about my story of coming to Christ—He saved me from myself.

I used to hear testimonies of people who came from hard lives—drugs and promiscuous lifestyles and gang involvement. Now they had a testimony, I thought. God saved them from stuff that was killing them.

Me? Well, I lied to my first grade teacher and didn’t come to the dinner table right away when my mother called.

See? As I was measuring stories, mine wasn’t so great. It was easy for me to believe in Jesus because I didn’t have all the garbage others had to wade through.

But, oh, how wrong that perspective is. I had my own pride and self-righteousness and judgmental attitudes from which God had to save me.

Which is harder, to save someone who is a drunk or a prostitute, or someone who thinks she might actually be good enough she doesn’t have to have the “sinner” label attached to her?

Well, as it turns out, neither is easier. Both require the exact same thing—the blood of Jesus Christ shed for the forgiveness of sin. Not one kind of sin is more or less easy to forgive than another. Both are forgiven because of His work at the cross, period. I don’t bring a thing to the table and neither does the person who comes from a lifestyle mired in hard living.

My pride and self-righteousness was as great a barrier to reconciliation with God as drug addiction or having an abortion was for other people. Sin, in any and all its shapes, is what blocks our path to God, and sin is built into our DNA.

It’s even built into the DNA of “the good kid.” So my story is really the same as every other Christian’s—God rescued me when I couldn’t rescue myself. He pulled me up from the miry clay because I couldn’t pull myself up.

In the end, my story is really God’s story. He’s the hero, the rest of us, me included, are proof of His love, His power, His forgiveness, grace, and unrelenting faithfulness.

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9 Comments

  1. That was great to read, thanks. I really love people’s testimonies. I’m actually kind of fascinated by those who grew up within faith. We have different stories but I also met Christ when I was about three, and he has also saved me from myself many times.

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    • Thanks, IB. I didn’t want to repeat myself too much, but I struggled frequently when people asked me to give my testimony, for whatever reason. I didn’t know which time I ask Christ for forgiveness marked my new birth. Finally I decided it was the first time, God being faithful, and all. 😉 Plus, I can see His work in my life, consistently, even when I was unsure and unproductive. It reminds me once again that our relationship with Him is really all about His grace and not our works.

      And what is it about three? 😉 I’d love to read your story about coming to Christ. I mean, with the circumstances you have described, I’d love to know how God brought you to Himself.

      Becky

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  2. I was three when I first asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins and make me a new, clean person. But I also have the “exciting” testimony of the bad girl. UGH. But what is it about the age of three. I very specifically remember knowing that I was sinning and I needed God to forgive me and clean my dirty heart.

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    • I don’t know why the age of three, but I’m fascinated by it because of Jesus’s statement that we have to become like little children. I think that’s a big factor. We’re willing to trust and we also know we aren’t capable of doing important things all by ourselves. Too bad we lose either of those things as we “mature.”

      Becky

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  3. Oh, and I love the picture of you and your sibs. It is hard to fathom that such cute little people could be sinners.

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    • Thanks! I like that picture, too, especially of my brother and sister. It is an amazing thing that our hearts can be so different from our little innocent faces.

      Becky

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  4. […] yesterday without preamble, I wrote a post entitled “My Story,” a piece which fills in the gaps of a couple other articles which tell how I became a […]

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  5. I have a similar story as well. For me, the struggle as I got older was feeling like I needed to believe harder for it to actually count. As you say, though, all that matters is the question–“Do you believe?”–and I can say yes to that. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    • Interesting, Audrey. I wonder if maybe when we’re so young, our older selves think we didn’t know enough “back then” to be sincere. I know I would look back in other areas and think, How baby-ish. So maybe our own development made us suspicious of those first steps of faith. I don’t know. Anyway, God is faithful and brought those of us here who had those early commitments to Him into a stronger faith in the same way He has with others who came to Christ as adults. He’s an amazing God.

      Becky

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