by Tenille Joy Briney
I have been born twice. The first time was August 22, 1992. The second time was very special because I was born again April 22, 2001.
I asked the Lord to save me many times, but it only happened for real once. I remember one time when I ran behind the couch after watching a movie about the rapture (when Jesus comes to take Christians to heaven) and prayed to God for salvation. But I didn’t really mean it. I didn’t want to go to hell, and I was afraid, so I prayed. But I wasn’t trusting God to change me. I wanted Him to save me, but I didn’t want to stop going down the wrong road and doing bad things. I just didn’t want to go to hell.
Another time, while I was brushing my hair in the bathroom, I asked the Lord to save me because I was still worried about going to hell. But God still did not really save me. Why? Because all I wanted was to escape condemnation, but I did not want to stop being bad. I knew that I would still do wrong and still go down the wrong road. I wanted God to save me, but I did not want to change.
One other time after church, I was in the kitchen sitting on the floor while my Mom was preparing food and I was thinking and thinking about my problem of not being saved. So, I prayed again, but I still not want to surrender my life to God. I just wanted Him to save me and let me do my own thing.
Finally, after watching a play called His Name is Jesus directed by Mrs. Ceil Hardin, I prayed again to be saved. In the play, everyone was getting saved but me. I wanted to be saved for real. I wanted it to be for real this time. I cried and told my Dad that I was not saved. He told me that I should confess my sins and accept Jesus’ invitation to be saved. I did. I told Him that I was sorry for being bad and that I wanted Him to make me good. And I meant it this time. I surrendered my life to Jesus, and He saved me.
I like being a Christian. I get to serve others and tell them about Jesus. I even get to be a helper in Sunday school teaching the preschoolers Bible stories. You should become a Christian too because God loves you very much, and He wants you to live with Him.
My question to you is, “Which road will you take?”