Ephesians 2:8,9 ~ 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.

Born into a Christian family but not saved
It is by God's grace that I am saved. I was born into a Christian family. But that did not make me a Christian. I started going to church since I was a baby in my mother"s arms. But that too, did not make me a Christian. As a young boy, I knew many stories about Jesus and the great men of the Bible. Still, I was not saved. In God's sight, I was a sinner, dead in trespasses and sin. And there was nothing I could do to attain salvation or Heaven.

I cannot remember exactly when I was saved. But I do remember a time when I lifted my hand in a church evangelistic rally to indicate that I wanted to be saved. The desire was there, but I guess I did not fully realize what salvation really meant. I knew the God of the Bible and I was doing things that a Christian would. I prayed, I gave of my money, I read the Bible. But I was not sure of my salvation.

Struck by my need for a Saviour
I was about 12 years old when I attended a day camp organized by my school"s Christian Fellowship. The gospel was given during the camp and I was struck by my own sinful condition and my need for a Saviour. I knew then that I had to really come before the only true and living God and get right with Him. I had to acknowledge Him as Saviour and Lord of my life. I rededicated my life to Him and there was no turning back.

I began to grow in my faith and my desire to read His word increased. Through the preaching of the Word and the Bible lessons that I received through the Sunday School, my soul was nourished. I was growing in the Lord and I began to see the blessedness of that condition. Indeed this is the reason for the smile that I carry on my face.

Truly the Grace of God
The Lord has really been good to me all these years. He had known me already when I was yet unborn. He had loved me even when I was yet a sinner. And in His good pleasure, He chose to give me everlasting life and bestowed on me "an inheritance that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven" for me. This is truly the grace of God. I did nothing to deserve His gift of everlasting life, and there was (and still is) nothing intrinsically good about me that deserved His goodness. All I had to do was to put my faith in Him who is invisible, immortal and the only true and living God; and to receive Christ as my Lord and Saviour.

My goal now is to serve Him and to do His bidding. While I still have breath in me, it is my prayer that I will be faithful in service and to glorify Him in all that I do.

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