Larry Siekawitch

Saint Cloud, USA

Undeserved

When I was 14 I was given a Bible for Christmas. I wasn't a Christian, and no one in my family was a Christian, but my parents for some reason gave me a Bible. I actually read it from cover to cover in one year as an unbelieving teenager. The Bible is how God first got my attention. I didn't understand a lot of it, but I did understand some things and it intrigued me. I remember thinking that the Bible was going to be the most significant Christmas present I would ever receive. My parents got divorced shortly after that, and my life went into chaos. From 16-21 I became a selfish, wild, out of control druggie. I am deeply ashamed of my lifestyle choices. I continued to read the Bible everday, even though I was often convicted by what I read. At age 21 it all began to click. I knew that the Bible was true and that my lifestyle was not pleasing to God. I was baptized, repented of my sins, placed my faith in Jesus, and was filled with the Holy Spirit. My experience of the Holy Spirit was better than any drug, concert or other experience I had ever had. I never looked back. My life has not been perfect, but God has made a huge difference in my life. Jesus is truly my best friend. I am now 57 years old. I have seen people dramatically healed, others comforted by God in the midst of deep pain, and best of all hundreds of people turn from their sins to Jesus as Lord and savior. There is no greater experience than to see someone in darkness come into the light. When you repent of our sinful way of life, trust in Jesus and Him alone for your salvation and get baptized as the outward expression of that faith, the Bible says you are born again. All your sins are forgiven, past, present and future sins. You are adopted into the family of God with God Himself as your Father. He gives you a special mission and promises you an eternity of bliss when Jesus returns. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins that you deserved to pay. He rose again from the dead 3 days later. Put your trust in Him and you will never regret it. 

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