Come To Jesus (My Christian Testimony)

The song made famous by Chris Rice, Come To Jesus, does a nice job of describing the seasons of a true Christian’s life.

I told my husband if I ever die I would like this to be played at my funeral. Then he volunteered to sing. I told him okay if you think you could handle that.
Here’s my Christian testimony, as told within the confines of this beautiful modern day hymn.
Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

When I was twelve years old, for many nights I would lie awake in bed. I didn’t want to go to hell when I died. I had memorized a verse in vacation Bible school that said, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead thou shalt be saved.” I wanted Jesus to rule over my life. So I prayed to him night after night to please come into my life. But it just didn’t feel like it really happened. Deep down inside I knew I needed to do more. I was shy but I knew I had to confess Him before men. Jesus said in the NT if you don’t confess me before men I won’t confess you before my Father who is in heaven.
Finally, when I went to church camp, I got on my knees in our cabin and prayed with my pastor and ask Jesus to rule my life. I then went before my church and then got baptized (in a pool of water) in our church. My Christian life had begun.
Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

Just as the words, say, all the wrongs of my life were no longer weighing me down. When I felt guilty of any and every wrong going on in my life. I could simply, in a quick thought prayer, tell Jesus I was sorry, and in most sincerity tell Him I did wrong and then ask Him to help me not do the sinful action again. And Jesus did and still does now and, thanks be to God, time and again He forgives me and even though I’m a regular repeat offender (wrong thoughts, anger, gluttony, harsh words, gossip, procrastination, laziness, belittling myself, rudeness, deception/lying, etc.) He patiently helps me to overcome.
And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

I’ve been a Christian for 27 years. Whew! That sounds so long. But that’s great because I’ve grown in my walk with Christ. I’ve learned much from the mighty and powerful Word of God. I love words of the Bible. I’ve gathered wisdom from my years of living to the ripe old age of 40. Anyone at age 40 has gathered wisdom from living from day to day but I’m glad to say my wisdom runs deeper than most because it has been coupled with the wisdom of God. Everyday I try to follow the excellent advice given in the verse of James 1:25.
“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

I’ve been through some hard times in my life, circumstances I can’t explain. There have been times I would get on my knees again and again and pray, “God, why is this happening or why are you being mean to me when I work hard to be loyal to you, in fact, it seems more loyal than those all around.” I know I haven’t been through as many tough times as some. ( I shouldn’t complain so much!) I’ve had difficult circumstances when my baby almost died, when my dad died of cancer, when my mom would have health problems, when I feel like I’m a loser, when caring for my 3 toddler sons would overwhelm me, when we’ve struggled in our finances, etc.)
Truly, Jesus has always been near to me. He promised to never leave me nor forsake me and I personally know He never ever lies. In fact, I start out my day, when my brain is barely awake and my body hasn’t woke up yet, saying a short prayer in my head “Jesus, please walk with me today and help me to do what I need to do.” I get great peace and hope for the day in those words.
O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

When I get excited about life I work hard to remember to thank God. And sometimes I get excited about the things of God. I enjoy going to church and singing out with other Christians all round and sincerely singing the words to faithfilled old hymns and mean them as I sing them out to God. I enjoy talking to others about God. I like it when we casually chat and they tell me about the Bible and what God means to them. Then truly the biggest thrill comes when you bring another person to Christ. This is the greatest feeling but has a rare occurrence.
And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

Someday I’ll die. I don’t what such a process will be like but then, I know, I know I’ll be like my 93 year old grandma and I’ll fly away in freedom into the arms of Jesus and he’ll comfort me forever.

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