by Sharrah Moss
I came to Fayetteville in the Summer of 1996 to play basketball and attend Fayetteville Christian School. At that time, I was a catholic, and as far as I was concerned, I was going to heaven because I had been baptized as an infant, went to a good Catholic church, and for the most part I was a good person.
That summer I went to Mission Boulevard Baptist Church and lived with a Christian family. I began to see what being a true Christian was about. I could see a peace and a love in them that I did not have, but I wanted it and I needed it.
At first I was confused, but I learned the truth about who God was by reading the Bible, going to Church, and praying. I learned that God is righteous, that everyone is a sinner, the penalty for sinning against God is separation from Him forever, and the only way to get to heaven was by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, not by doing good works and going to Church.
One night the pastor preached a message about salvation and he explained what Ephesians 2:9 said “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.” That night I felt the need in my heart for salvation. I knew that I was a sinner and that if I were to die that night I would spent eternity without God in hell. I knew that God loved me so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for my sins. So I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me and to be the Lord of my life. Instantly I felt at peace, as if a heavy weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I know that Jesus forgave me, and that I will spend eternity with Him in heaven because He promises that if we confess to Him that we are sinners and believe that He died to save us from our sins He will save us (Romans 10:9-11).
My life is totally different now because my goals have changed. I no longer want to please myself, I want to please God and give Him all the glory in my life. Whether it’s hanging out with friends, playing sports, the type of music I listen to, or the places I go, I want God to be pleased with whatever I do. And following God and living the way He wants me to has brought joy and peace even in the toughest and most discouraging situations. He has a plan for my life and following Him is the best way to live.