Thank you for bearing with me as I venture into the world of blogging. I am not afraid to admit that I am indeed a little afraid. However, God is with me so no more worries and fears. I jut have to dive right in. This being my first post and all, I wanted to talk about a very special day in my life. The day I accepted Christ into my life. I mean truly accepted. People can call themselves “Christians” for forever and an eternity. But until they truly have their heart touched and set ablaze by Jesus Christ, they will not understand.
I thought I knew who God was. I knew that He had sent His son to die for my sins, so I should be forever grateful to Him. That was about as far as my understanding could reach. I was raised in the church my entire life. I was an active member of my church growing up. By age 12 I was apart of the choir, counting tithes after church, cooking for the potlucks, and even watching the children during the service. But I saw church and God as a duty. It was something I did every Sunday like clockwork. I was raised to know God, but it took me 20 years to accept Him into life.
It was the first day for the All Nations Conference
It was on May 27, 2016, the first day of the All Nations Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the second conference that I had attended. I attended the conference with my Chi Alpha family, SIUC XA. We were one of the bigger groups there so we helped set up, hand out treat bags and water, and just greet people as they walked in.It was the first day and it was radical to see so many Chi Alpha groups from all over and members of Chi Alpha from all over the world in one place to worship and love God. Pure Radical-ness I tell ya. But the best had yet to come. Registration was over so we all went back to our rooms to relax before orientation would commence later that night.
Cue orientation night and radical worship.
The night started off with worship that was my played by members from SIUC XA. Phenomenal set that night might I add. But anyways, afterwards a speaker came up to give an introduction and talk about what would occur over the next few days. At the end as we were going to pray to dismiss for the night, the speaker asked if anyone wanted to come up to give their life over to Christ.
Seemed like a silly question to me at first. I was thinking why prolong this dismissal with asking if anyone wants to give their lives to God. I mean, this is a Christian conference, we are all here for God. So why do I need to give my life to Him, when I am already here for Him? But as I was thinking this, there was some feeling in my heart to stand and go to the front. At this point it is pure silence and no one has gone up. But the feeling to stand was getting stronger. We stayed that way for a few minutes, just basking in the Lord’s presence, well at least everyone else was.
I was halfway out of my chair because it felt as though I was going to fall out of my chair if I did not stand up right then and there. It was a scary feeling. But I can say now looking back that it was God giving me that one final push out of my chair so I could stand. So I did. I was the only one to stand that night and give my life to Christ. I went to the front and was surrounded by the speaker and members of my Chi Alpha family and they prayed for me. Have you ever had massive prayer specifically for you? Like a multitude of people surrounding you to send up a prayer for with your name all over it? It is a feeling like no other. And that was the moment in which I can declare that I truly accepted God into my life.