“What does it mean to be alive?” I once asked my uncle on our way to a family get-together.
“It is when your heart is beating and you can breathe!” he answered. His words made me think. “Is that all that life is about?” I wondered. There had to be more.
One night I was feeling particularly unhappy and downcast. The hardships and struggles of life were weighing down on me. I went outside and looked up at the stars. “God, if You are real,” I said, “show Yourself to me. I can’t take life anymore!” What I needed at that time was something greater than possessions, positions, or even people. I needed God. But no answer came from the sky. I abandoned my thoughts about God.
A few months later I moved to Cape Town to continue my studies. There I made two new friends. One day one of them invited me to church. “I don’t do church,” I said. “Just come and see,” he laughed. I gave in and went along with him to his church. The people I met there were different; they were kind, gentle and real. “Maybe I should come again,” I thought, “Just to see if they are like that all the time!”
I did, and on the fourth Sunday service it seemed as if the pastor was speaking only to me. He spoke about the wages of sin, the consequences of our disobedience to God, and the pain, suffering, injustice of life. Then he spoke about forgiveness, the cross of Jesus, the blood, redemption, and eternal life through faith in Christ. For the first time I heard the truth. He asked if anyone would receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord. I stood up trembling!
I didn’t understand everything, but this I knew for sure: my destiny was sealed. I had placed my faith in Christ and I was saved!
Since then I have found meaning in my life. I am growing in the Word of God, learning more about the Lord Jesus and His love for me. I have purpose beyond human ambition, peace above understanding, and truth as solid as a rock. In the gospel of John, Jesus said: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” If you have not yet placed your faith in Christ, I urge you to consider this special promise. The Bible says, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”