When I was young, I believed in God, but I didn’t really know who He was. I just remember certain things like being with my grandparents at church, crawling under pews and things that children do. Some of my earliest memories are of my grandparents, their house, and being in church with them at First Baptist in Checotah, OK.
My parents also took me to several Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) at several different churches during the summer. During those times, I remember learning more about God, but still, I knew “about” Him – I never really knew Him.
At some point during these years, I drew a picture. It was a picture of God. I drew it again so you could see what it looked like. Ironically, my sketching skills have not changed since I was a young lad. And apparently in my young mind, God didn’t have any elbows or legs. This picture hung up on my wall in my bedroom, but it also represented my relationship with Him. He was just this image that I knew a little about but did not have a real relationship with. Somewhere around this time, I also vividly remember a conversation with my mom about what happens after we die. I remember saying, “I hope God gives us a second chance.”
When I was eight years old, my family moved to a different town. This was in June, and the first thing I did was find a VBS to attend. At Fellowship Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma, I first understood who God really was and that He had an only Son, Jesus, who died for my sins.
I also learned that my sin kept me from being with God, in this life and after I die. In order to be right with Him, I needed to ask Jesus to forgive me of my sin and follow Him. I didn’t have to earn anything, I just had to believe in Him! So on Thursday night of VBS, the Holy Spirit led me to commit my life to following Christ. A couple of weeks later, I was baptized, showing the world whom I was living for now.
At this point in my life, I went from knowing “about” God to actually knowing God. I went from a meaningless religion to a meaningful relationship. All that time, He was guiding me to Him as well. And you know what? He wants you to know Him too. Do you know about God, or do you really know Him? Have you ever committed your life to following Christ?
The wonderful truth of this story is that nothing I did earned me a place with God. Jesus died on the Cross and rose again to pay the debt for my sin. He made things right again! If you believe that and want to know more, let me know. I’d love to help in any way I can. There’s nothing else in life that satisfies, and without Christ life after this one is spent away from the Lord in hell. Follow Him today!