“At 15 years of age, I moved with family from the country to Sydney, which we had only ever visited a couple of times. Changing environments from a rural farming setting to a newly developed housing area, plus leaving a delightful high school to start at a city high school was a shock. I felt lost and somewhat depressed. I didn’t understand the school, the kids or the neighbourhood!
A Christian minister had introduced the Word of God, the Bible to me when I attended preparation for confirmation classes, just before leaving the country. I had not responded. The Lord was working in my heart and mind, I was curious and wanted to know more.
I was attracted to some of my new friends who went to Fellowship and church on Sunday nights. It was the era of large and small, public and church-based evangelism meetings. At most of these the guest speaker gave a message from the Bible encouraging us to acknowledge our sin and to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It was powerful, persuasive, emotional and confronting to hear time and again the call to follow Jesus.
It took two years.
My family were not Christians. It meant stepping out, being ‘different’. I wanted security, I needed to have purpose in life, a template of how to live, with hope of eternal life. Christ and His word gave me that and so much more.
What a pleasure to have a Bible, to write in the margins, to underline and memorise meaningful verses, to have Scripture Union study notes. Regular attendance and involvement in fellowship and church became my life. It was vital then and is today.
My encouragement to you is to respond, take time to study God’s Word the Bible and to dwell on it. Memorise verses for sharing and for encouraging.
Why? “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105
Pray. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” – Psalm 119:18
The promise. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
I need to go back to my foundations, today. Do you?”