It should be obvious that there is a difference between a person and an activity. Yet I never considered Jesus as a person, but rather as something around which to center activities.
In high school I was involved in Christian activities. But it wasn’t until I attended a student conference that I learned that the important thing is not to belong to a Christian organization, nor even to be a leader within an organization, but to know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
At this conference, I was challenged to consider the person of Jesus and to decide if I wanted to have a personal relationship with Him by trusting in Him as my Lord and Savior. For the first time, I clearly saw that merely being active in Christian things was not enough. To really know God I needed to trust in Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the penalty for all my sins and restore my relationship with God. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
After considering who Jesus was, I decided I wanted to trust in Him as my Savior. So I prayed a prayer something like this: “Dear God, I know that I am imperfect. But I believe that Jesus died for all my sins, so that I am completely forgiven now, and will spend eternity with You in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Christ made several very important changes in my life. One of them was that I desired to let God guide me rather than trying to work things out for myself. I found more meaning in life, and I learned that God had plans for my life and a definite direction in which He wanted me to go. God changed my orientation from activities to getting to know Jesus better. I now wonder how I could ever have viewed Him as an activity rather than a person – the greatest person who ever lived.
Samson Nginyo Karuga
Philosophy, History – University of Nairobi, Kenya