About this time, almost exactly 12 years ago, I made the most important decision of my life. I decided to accept Jesus Christ to come live in my heart.
I was 5 years old, it was late on an October night, and My Older sister (who was 7 at the time) and I were spending the night at my Grandparent’s house. I don’t remember what all had happened that day, but it was late, and Megan and I were in the double bed in the guest bedroom. I remember we were just laying there about to go to sleep, when out of nowhere, it was like God tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Macey, I want you to invite me in.’, I just started thinking about Jesus, and I wanted to know how to become a Christian. I rolled over in the bed, and asked my big sister, how can I become a Christian?
I’m sure the question totally threw her off, it was pretty late, and then I just randomly asked her a very serious question, (keep in mind that she was only 7, about to turn 8). She basically explained to me that I had to admit that I was a sinner, and I had to believe that God sent his only son, Jesus, down to the earth to die for my sins, so that I wouldn’t have to. He paid the ultimate sacrifice, and all I had to do was believe that, and then invite Christ to come live in my heart, and by his Grace, he would save me.
Even though I was only 5, I knew that I had sinned, and I knew that Jesus had really done all of those things, and I knew that I wanted to invite Christ to come live in my heart. I told Megan, and then she prayed with me, and right there, laying in a double bed, in the guest room of my Grandparent’s house, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior.
There is nothing like that feeling, of when you first accept Christ. I was suddenly overwhelmed with happiness, I started crying, and I jumped up to go tell my Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw. Me and Megan ran down the stairs and into the room where my Maw-Maw was, and I screamed “Maw-Maw! I just got saved!” She started crying too, and then we all ran into the Family room where my Paw-Paw was watching Tv, and I jumped in his lap, and told him, and he was so excited as well. Then, we called my parents, and I told them, and they were so happy too. I will NEVER forget that night for as long as I live.
I accepted Christ as a 5-year-old. I have never doubted my Salvation. I’ve never questioned whether or not I was saved. I know for a fact that I am a Christian, and I know where I’m going when I die. But, it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I really found out what’s it’s like to fully turn your life over to God. Not just to say “Oh yeah, I’m a Christian, I love God, I go to Church, I know I’m going to heaven.” But to live everyday for Him, to start having a quiet time, to study my Bible as much as possible, to spend time with Him…like really spend time with him, not just that routine prayer you recite before bed, or before a meal.
In my earlier Teen years, I mostly looked forward to going to Church for the social time. I liked to get to hang out with my friends, and maybe sing a couple of songs. But when My family and I moved to Florida, and I started getting involved in a Youth Group, I realized that I was just going through the motions. I’d go to church, get out my bible, sit down, listen to the sermon, stand up, sing, come home, do something similar on Wednesday, then repeat the process the next week. I wasn’t growing as a Christian, and I wasn’t devoting my whole life to Jesus. After several weeks at Youth Group, I decided that I was going to make a change, and since then, I’ve devoted my life to pleasing Christ, and like Matthew West’s song says “I don’t want to go through the Motions, I don’t wanna go one more day without Your all-consuming Passion inside of me, I don’t want to spend my whole life asking, ‘What if I had given everything? Instead of going through the motions.’”. Since then, I’ve changed my Attitude, I’ve changed what music I like listening to, I’ve been on a Mission Trip, I’ve started having a daily quiet time, I feel more confident, and I have fewer Insecurities. I still make mistakes, many many many mistakes, and I still sin every single day, but I know that I have a Father in heaven, that will forgive me of every single one of those sins and mistakes, and it’s an incredible feeling. (:
It’s amazing what God does to a person when they fully give themselves over to him. I’ve never been happier in my life. God has blessed me in so many ways, and his Glory never ceases to amaze me. If you’ve never asked Jesus to become your personal Savior. Do it. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make. Do you know where you’re going when you die? Don’t let another day go by, until you know for certain! God can’t wait for you to invite him into your life! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
I was listening to this song a few days ago, it’s “Next Thing You Know” By- Matthew West and that’s what really gave me the idea to post my Testimony. It’s a great song about Matthew sharing his own Testimony through a song, and in the end he says “What’s Your Story, about his Glory?”. Everyone has a totally different story about how they came to Christ. You may have been a little kid, a middle schooler, a teenager, or an adult. There’s never a wrong time to invite Christ into your life.
So the question that I’m going to leave you with is, ‘What’s Your Story, about His Glory? Have you found your place in the history of Grace?’
Thanks for reading!
(Lyrics from Matthew West- “The Motions” and “Next Thing You Know”)