I wasn’t always a Christian. I grew up learning about who Jesus was and what the Bible said, but I didn’t ever care that much. In fact, I always wondered why someone thought they had to die on a cross for other people. It seemed valiant, but he was just a guy, right? What was the big deal?
Through the years growing up, I turned to drugs, alcohol and promiscuity for fulfillment.
After barely graduating high school, I joined the U.S. Navy. In 2003, during a port visit to Singapore, I found myself in the back of a military police vehicle. I had been badly beaten by three locals. I was kicked so many times in the kidneys that I was urinating blood for several days afterward.
My lavish lifestyle, where I spared myself nothing, was beginning to take its toll. I was broken and in need of a Savior. I was finding that in my darkest hour when all had been stripped bare, I had nothing to stand on.
Then, two weeks later, we pulled into Perth, Australia. It just so happened that “The Passion of the Christ” was playing at the local movie theater. As I was watching it, I began to cry. I realized that this man, Jesus, was innocent. Why were those guards whipping him? Then it dawned on me, I was just like them. I was the one whipping Jesus (Isa. 53:4-6).
Two days went by and a guy who had shared the gospel with me two years before—to no avail—introduced me to Christ. He looked me directly in the eye and said, “What do you want?” I told him I wanted to be forgiven for everything I had ever done.
As I prayed, I felt what I can only describe as a giant wave crashing over me. I was lighter, changed … different. God did something radical in my life.
For the past 13 years, he has been shaping and molding me. It isn’t automatic; I have had to learn some crucial lessons.
What I know for sure is that God is real. He is NOT dead; he is very much alive, he will be back, and we will have to give an account for everything that we have done (Rev. 20:13-15).
Only Jesus has the power to change lives. We can try to do things apart from him, but in the end, the only thing that will matter is if we have Jesus.
There is a favorite poem that I love by C.T Studd. In particular, the following lines speak to me:
“Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
I know it sounds crazy and scary, but do you want to know what’s scarier and crazier than not living your life for Christ? Living for anything else.
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says to the lukewarm Laodiceans, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Jesus is always knocking on the door of our hearts; we just have to listen.
This post was written by Stephen Dull. Stephen is a Continuous Improvement Engineer, Triathlete, and Blogger. He is passionate about Faith, Finances, Fitness, and helping men to discover their God given dream. He has a lovely wife and 2 beautiful daughters. You can follow him on twitter @MaxxDull or on his website www.the360manproject.com