Hey There! You know by now how much I love Jesus Christ, the Church, and the almighty God. Well, today, I’m giving you the scoop on how it all started.
Are you ready?
So I have been a Christian all my life, but you know Christianity is not a religion, it is a lifestyle. It is much more than a word you fill in the form when asked, “What is your religion?” It is the very life of God in you manifested physically, through your daily lifestyle choices. Christianity is Christ’s life in you. It is living Christ-like.
So being a Christian by birth was never enough, I had to make the choice to choose Christ for myself at some point, not just because He is someone or some deity my parents introduced me to.
I officially gave my life to Christ for the hundredth and the last time in my final year (2008/09). Before then, I struggled a lot with my faith, my lifestyle, peer pressure and the challenges I faced in my younger days.
I must confess I didn’t have “born again” Christians as friends back then. I mean, we were all Christians, but knowing what I know now, I’d say we were just as canal as every other unbeliever out there. I have never been a wild card… you know the wild partying, indulging in all kinds of sin kind of person… I mean… I’m well-bred (not that I’m bragging or anything 😜).
Nevertheless, the fact remains that I got to a point where I knew that I wasn’t fully living a godly life. You know, I pray when I have to, go to church… duh! I’m a “Christian” hello! However, there was always a huge BUT… a vacuum. I knew everything was not right… there were questionable lifestyle choices that made me wonder if I would make heaven if the trumpet would sound that minute. I struggled with my place in God between first and third year, coming out for alter calls every now and then and going back to sin right after that.😓😓😓 Haah! Exhausting!
The turning point for me was a particular Sunday in my third year when my pastor preached about the evidence of your Christian life. She spoke about how your lifestyle matters, how you know you are a Christian when people around you can call on you for prayers when they are sick: if people come to you for spiritual counsel: if people call you in the middle of the night after a nightmare for prayers: if people (whether as mockery or not) call you “pastor” “church girl” etc. I thought about it for so long, I began to examine a lot of things about my life.
The first thing that was affected by my desire to change was my 3-year relationship with my college boyfriend as I was becoming too holy and deciding I wanted to become celibate… y’all know how that goes. Of course, we eventually broke up. Oh! You are bound to lose friends.
Well, I joined service departments, became more involved in the cell ministry, I would attend early morning prayers, etc. Gradually, being a believer became more meaningful, fulfilling, and satisfactory to me. I went through foundation school and all became a full-blown member of Believers’ Love World. Also, I was lucky to get (or influence) some of my friends to get closer to God too. I also made a few new friends as a result of this new life.
Living christ-consciously became my goal and then I began my Christian life journey with more understanding and revelation. It has been a whole learning process between then and now.
In subsequent posts, I will be sharing more thoughts on common mistakes Christians make and dealing with the guilt of sin.
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