He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18

I grew up in a Christian home and witnessed many answered prayers and God-orchestrated incidents regularly so perhaps believing was easy for me. I accepted Christ as my own personal Saviour and Lord at the age of six. I’ve been told it would be impossible for me to remember, but I do. I don’t remember every word spoken by the preacher, but I remember the powerful impact they had on me. I also remember the hymn that was sung by the choir. It still echoes in my head, even as I type this memory.

In my early teens, I couldn’t understand why my friends wouldn’t believe there was a God who created all things. The beauty of nature has always left me breathless and I suppose that’s why so many of my poems reflect my love for creation. I couldn’t understand why they laughed at me when I told them about Jesus.

Later, in my older teens years and early twenties, I worked with younger teens and again, I was mystified by the lack of faith I witnessed. I once invited a guest youth pastor to a weekly youth meeting.  He was very wise for his age and I was pleased he was because a small street gang came to that meeting. They were a little disruptive but mostly they were just being who they were and behaving the only way they knew how. When the speaker gave the invitation to seek Christ as their Lord, the smirks started. The response by this young pastor has stayed with me all these years and I’ve used his words once or twice in similar situations.

He said: “Consider for just a moment where you would spend eternity if you were to leave here tonight and be hit by a car or bus, or if another gang attacked and killed you on your way home. If you’re not a believer, allow yourself to ponder for a few minutes that if it was true, then what? And if you still don’t believe, I’ll accept it.”

Three of those gang members accepted Jesus that night.

I leave you with the words of that young pastor. “If you’re not a believer, allow yourself to ponder for a few minutes that if it was true, then what?”

Where will you spend eternity?

John 12:46 says: I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

© Chrissy Siggee

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

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12 thoughts on “Believe

  1. As a faith-based writer who did not grow up Christian, I thank you for sharing this. God did not become real to me until I was a few months shy from 17, and even then I didn’t take God seriously until a little over a year later. Non-believers (especially teenagers) do not surprise me at all with the things they say and do to oppose Jesus. I’ve been there and I understand their mindset; it has helped me with my ministry. In saying that, I have had to work extra hard in understanding the mindset of those who have grown up with a faith. I want to understand for the sake of writing well rounded characters who grew up Christian. I’m taken aback every time I hear someone say they gave their life to the Lord as a child. It doesn’t even sound real to me. Bravo to you for sticking to your faith in your teen years. That ain’t easy. Once again, I thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this bit of your story. One of my pastors too said something along those lines as that young pastor said and I notice that that specific question does give people pause to consider what if all this were true.
    Blessings Chrissy 🙂

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