There came a time, during all of the religious activity that the “four-eyed” kid from long ago accepted Christ, without very much concentration. Her conversion experience was low-key. There were no witnesses, the sky didn’t send forth rockets, and she had no volcanic eruption of my soul. She doesn’t remember where she was, what she was doing, or what she was thinking about — she knew that she had taken this first crucial step. She had heard of many other people who experienced this same thing, although some are not so eager to admit it. The bottom line was that she made a decision for Christ, but then chose not to follow up on it with any subsequent study, prayer, or changes to her life.
At this particular time, it’s important to reveal the identity of the “four-eyed” kid. I am she. Why now? You may be asking. Because after the point of accepting Christ, deception is unacceptable for the remainder of One Life Story That God Changed.
The lack of follow up on my decision makes me think of Oswald Chambers. In his book, My Utmost for His Highest he refers to people who receive Christ, and then let the experience remain stagnant, as people “saved by the skin of my teeth.” You get it, don’t you? Barely converted; scantily converted; just converted — call it what you will.
I can recall a conversation I had with my pastor some thirty-one years later.
“I don’t know anything about your conversion experience. When did you accept Christ?” He knew I was a Christian. He just wanted to know how, what, when, and where.
“Well, I can’t really name a specific day or anything like that. I just know I did. I was in my early thirties.” I felt somewhat ridiculous about not being able to give information that was more specific. Then I added, “After I accepted Christ, I went for a very long time before I started to really follow Him.” Tears of remorse came when I asked him, “Why do you think that is?”
“I just think God had lots of work He wanted to do in you,” he replied.
To be continued…