Sue's Testimony

I was brought up in a Christian family and attended church throughout my life quite willingly. Though I went through the usual 'processes' of the Christian journey in the Methodist church, being christened as a baby, confirmed as a teenager, joined as  a member, I did not truly follow Jesus. There were phases when I recognised the church that I was in was 'alive' and there were people who took hold of me and nurtured me; these I now recognise as the 'born-again' Christians who showed me Jesus, standing by me, encouraging and praying for me, while at times correcting me. In my blood family, my grandad and my father were among these 'saints'.

I did repent during my teenage years and I believed in this Jesus, but I did not know Him personally; I didn't pray or follow. I went on to 'go my own way' yet attended church quite regularly, even helping in the Sunday School in my teenage years. I went on to marry a man who was not a Christian and it was not until I had my own children that I went back to church regularly, wanting them to have an upbringing like mine.

There was a significant turn in which God drew me to Himself; my acknowledging my need for Him was an ‘accident’ I had while I was pregnant with my first son. I rolled my car over a wall into a field, and I remember to this day crying out 'Lord please don't let us die'. I meant this in more than one way! Later in my first son's life he had a terrible accident at 8 years-old in which he nearly died, during which I was well established in a church and served well there. It was then I saw the church on their knees. My son survived and went on to give His life to Jesus!

It was soon after this, at the Methodist church I attended, we had a change of minister. I saw something in him that was different and in time, through his nurturing, I truly decided to follow Jesus. That day I will never forget; it was like the floodgates opened, I was 'born again', and Jesus came into my heart.  In those early days I could not help but speak of my true love and went on missions to share Jesus, I sought out praying Christians and haven't looked back.

Yes I have made mistakes; yes there were many battles and still are, but this I know: Jesus has the victory in them all and I have hope of a better future with Him. For now, I am in the world, set apart for His service and will watch, pray and obey until that day He takes me Home to be with Him eternally; of that I am assured He will do.

I do pray that Jesus will increasingly be reflected in my life as He continues to fill me and move me, onwards and upwards I go with Him my Saviour, Master and true friend. I hope He is yours, too.

John 3: That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. ... Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

Sue C.