Thanks so much in Him for this website. I wasn’t aware of it until after Tim Binder went Home, but will surely be reading here in the future.
As for a testimony, I wasn’t raised in church, but grew up hearing bits and pieces about Jesus Christ and God in the Bible Belt and from my Christian and Jewish parents. So I identified as a Jewish Christian. I didn’t understand the plan of salvation, however, until a total stranger approached me in college. I was being “above it all” to listen and interact in the short conversation they instigated about God, but don’t remember any of it except for their last question. “If you were to die today, are you sure you would go to heaven?”
I didn’t realize it then, but the Holy Spirit was telling me that I should know the answer to it, but I did not. I loved friends and family, felt some empathy for others, and had prayed to God over the years, but for the first time in my life, I sincerely began seeking Him with all of my heart. I asked Him to show me the truth, no matter what it would mean for my life.
A few days later, I sensed He was talking to my heart, and stopped what I was doing to simply wait on Him. He told me that I desperately needed Him, that He had died so that I could know Him and be with Him, and that if I believed Him and walked with Him, everything in my life would change for good, spiritually. I did believe and receive Him as The LORD and Savior that wonderful morning in May, 1973. That was over 40 years ago, and I’m still being fit for heaven, but my hope is in Him, and I know that He is faithful to all of His promises to work on and through me.
That moment I believed and received Him, His indescribable peace and joy flooded me, and agape love entered into my being. I told my family within a few days what had happened, and even though I was such a baby in Christ, within a few years, my family had come to faith as well. About a month after coming into a real relationship with the living God, I found a Bible-believing church and got baptized. I can’t say that my Christian walk is exemplary by any means, but I can hardly wait for heaven. Whether He returns first or I’m called Home, He is closer and more loving than any friend could ever be, and I want to be in His will in all things.