The Bible tells us that 'To you who believe, He (Jesus Christ) is precious' (1 Peter 2:7 NKJV) . That is one of my favourite verses in the bible and it describes my relation to Jesus Christ today. He is more precious to me than anything else in this world. But the Lord Jesus has not always been precious to me. In fact, there was a time when so many other things were precious to me and I didn't know the Lord Jesus of the Bible.
Like most other young people, I loved music and being with my friends. I used to play the drums in various settings and my greatest concern was to be popular and liked by others. I generally succeeded in this and was a self-centred person. I lived for my desires, my wants and my plans. I didn't really care about what God had to say. On top of this, my time was often employed feeding my desire for material things - the latest phone, a better drum kit or something else. The thoughts, desires and direction of my life were almost entirely focussed on earth earthly things. Despite claiming to be a Christian and going to a church, I had no love for the true God of the Bible and little consciousness of eternity.
One day after moving to a different secondary school, I met a Science teacher called Derek at a Christian union meeting. Derek happened to mention that he believed that the whole Bible was completely true and even that God made the world in 6 literal days. I could hardly believe what I was hearing! "A science teacher, who believes in Creationism! Doesn't he realise you can fit evolution into the bible?!" I thought to myself. I had so many questions that I often used to visit Derek at break times and lunch times and he would patiently answer my questions very well. After much wrestling, I came to a simple conclusion: either the bible is totally trustworthy or you can't trust it all. I was brought up in a Christianity which picked the verses it wanted to believe and discarded the rest. But by God's grace I began to realise that you can't pick and choose with the bible. If one part is wrong then none of it is completely trust-worthy. But if it is the very words of God as it claims to be, then it deserves my complete faith and obedience. Eventually I came to believe in it's truth.
As I hungrily read the bible, God began to reveal to me two earth shattering truths. The first was that God is incredibly, burningly pure and Holy. He hates all sin and evil and will punish those who sin against Him. I read stories of God wiping out whole nations - men, women and children, because they rebelled against God, the creator of the whole earth. The second truth was that man kind is not holy. We are polluted by our evil thoughts and deeds and God is angry with us. Knowing my own corrupt heart, I knew that the Bible was true when it said that 'There is none who does good, no, not one.' (Romans 3:12 NKJV). These truths were so new to me despite my religious upbringing. But they left me with a big question:
If God is the same today, why hasn't He judged my life? After all, I'm no different from the countless people in the bible He punished. I'm just as much as a sinner and just as deserving of judgement.
The only answer I could come to was this: God has been merciful and spared my life for a reason! Over time God showed me that reason. He had provided a way of escape from His judgement through Jesus Christ His own Son. Despite my rebellion, God loved me so much he sent the Lord Jesus to the cross where He suffered the wrath of God for the sins of all who trust in Him. God showed me through the bible that it wasn't about my efforts to please God, it was about turning from sin and trusting in Christ's finished work on the cross. That's how I was saved and became a true Christian. Although I can't put a date on my conversion, I remember a time around 4 years when began rejoicing over and over in the great truth 'It's all of Him and none of me'! I'm now sure of forgiveness for my sins and eternal life with Jesus Christ. He is now precious to me and the things which were once precious are like rubbish in comparison to my Lord.
At the moment I am studying Biology at the University of Leicester. I love my course because I have the privilege of looking into great depth at God's handiwork every day! I see how wise and great the mind of God is and how His glory is reflected in the all the wonderful works of His creation.
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