…”As the end of the year was approaching, the ‘pleasures’ of sin, its lusts thereof and the cares of this world had eaten deep down in me that I started planning to postpone the day I’d surrender to my Lord and Saviour. But thank God for His infinite mercies. His word says it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy (Rom 9:16)”…
The story of my life well and truly began, as far as I’m concerned, and as far as God is concerned December 2009. Because that was the month I gave my life to my Savior and my Lord, my Supporter, my Healer, my God and my King – Jesus Christ. The experience is something I will forever remember and will eternally be grateful to God for.
Ever since I was little, as a child still attending the children’s department of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), I’d always known the difference between just being a church-goer and truly saved but I’d always planned I’d give my life to Christ at a later stage in life. In 2009, I started the year as an SS 2 student and deep in my heart I decided that I wasn’t going to leave Secondary School without becoming truly born again and so picked December 31st as the day I’d do that. But little did I know that God’s thoughts are higher than the thoughts of man, His ways higher than our ways (Isa 55:8-9).
As the end of the year was approaching, the ‘pleasures’ of sin, it’s lusts thereof and the cares of this world had eaten deep down in me that I started planning to postpone the day I’d surrender to my Lord and Saviour. But thank God for His infinite mercies. His word says it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy (Rom 9:16).
Just as the year was running to an end, around the festive period in December (a month after my 15th birthday), God’s grace found me mercy, and for reasons known to Him, and Him alone, He just decided to show me mercy!
I remember that memorable day just like yesterday. On a bright sunny afternoon. I visited a friend on that fateful day in his house. Just as we were chatting I saw an older edition of the Open Heavens daily devotional, written year by Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and decided to read through. Now before then, I’d read through different editions of Open Heavens devotional for reading sake, but that day, for the first time ever, the words in the that book pierced through my heart, even to my spirit (Heb 4:12), creating a godly sorrow in me, which I’ve never and will never repent of (2 Cor 7:10). I was so touched by God’s words, as his words burned in me like fire (Jer 23:29) that I couldn’t hold it anymore. I had to tell my friend a premature goodbye, walked down home and right in room, fell to my face before the Lord. For the first time in my life, I realised that the first 15 years of my life had been a total waste as Jesus had been in no way involved in it. I realised that even though I had been an enemy of God, yet He had been merciful unto me. He had spared my life to that day, so that I surrender all to him. I realised that I was on my way to hell and destruction but Jesus had died so that I wouldn’t go to hell, so that this destruction would not come to me. For about an hour, I laid there on the floor, weeping telling the Lord how sorry I was for all of my sins. I asked Him to forgive all, and come into my life, surrendering all to him. That day, I got up from the floor a new person, a new creature (2 Cor 5:17), free from sin and it’s consequences (Jn 3:16; Rom 6:23; Jn 5:24), free from the devil and hell, on my way to Heaven. The rest, they say, is history.
I remember that day, as I got up with joy in my heart, thanking God for a new lease of life, the first voice I heard (would you believe it) was that of the Devil. He told me clearly that I wouldn’t last as a Christian, but immediately I told him he was (and still is) a liar. I told him I definitely will last as a redeemed of God. Today, by His grace, here I am, still serving my Lord. I may not have reached that level in holiness and maturity as I ought to or want to but God’s grace has been sufficient for me thus far. To his glory, as a teenager, I’ve been what you’d call an assistant Pastor in a Parish in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a minister in an Area Headquarter, a both teenage and adult Sunday School teacher, a worker in the church who has served God in almost every single department you can name (presently focusing on the Choir and Sunday School though) and many, many more things the Lord has used me for. If you’re out there and you’ve still not received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, believe me, your life hasn’t even started yet. Don’t waste time, don’t harden your heart (Psa 95:7-8), receive Him today as I did and you’ll never regret the decision as I have never done.
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About the Writer
My name is Akhaba Oluwatobi. I’m a Christian, who serving God means the world to. I’m currently a 400L student of the department of Medical Rehabilitation, Obafemi Awolowo University.
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