Since studying Acts and this movement that our church has been doing, I thought if I'm ever gonna share my story of how I came to Christ now would be a really cool time.
I came to faith because someone spotted me out and went after me and shared the gospel with me. Growing up, my parents taught us our prayers, we'd talk about confession, and right from wrong, but I was always still confused growing up. I asked a parent, how come He died on the cross for our sins but we have to go to purgatory? I had this parent responding saying "yeah, but we still have to pay for our sins in some way."
Through middle school, through high school, on to college I was trying to find anything that made me happy. So through friends and parties and whatever that was, I always wanted to get to the next stage because I was not satisfied in the stage that I was at.
College, in the middle of my sophomore year, I completely hit rock bottom. I remember being in a bar on Sixth Street looking around, it was the end of the night, it was two a.m. I'm looking around at the people and the darkness around me, and I'm looking around at everyone at the end of the night, and I remember praying, "God, I just want to be with you." There has to be more than this.
Days later I remember going to some event, it was 'coke float and hear the word of God,' a bunch of girls I knew that were going, and I met a girl there who was a little bit older than I was. I didn't know quite who she was, I think she worked for the ministry, and she got my number and she said "hey, let's get coffee" and I was like, "okay!" Maybe our fifth day we got together to get coffee, she said "hey, I would love to share this verse with you that sums up the main theme of the Bible, is that okay?" I said "yeah, that's fine."
So she pulls out a napkin off the table and a pen, and she writes down Romans 6:23, for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So she walks through the verse defining certain words, and at the very end she says "do you want to accept this gift?" And I looked at her and I was thinking, I am nowhere near perfect, there is no way I could, how can I accept this? I'm nowhere near perfect. And I was thinking of girls that I've seen whose lives just looked perfect. So I said, "yeah, but I think I have to change first." And then she looks at me all confident and says "no you don't, you can just have it."
At some point there it just finally clicked that Jesus has died to pay the penalty of my sin because I'm a sinner and there's nothing I can do on this Earth that could get me to heaven. It made me turn away from my sin and just run after him, run after Jesus.
So I think about this story, and it's always such an encouragement. It makes me just want to pray that God's going to create those opportunities to share the gospel with them. Jesus used someone, God used someone to bring me to Christ.