It happened on February 3, 1974 – 43 years ago today.
In August of 1973, the bus ministry of College Park Baptist Church in Houston came knocking on my door. I lived with my parents and brother in an apartment in southwest Houston. We’re weren’t much for going to church. But things suddenly changed for my brother and me.
Under the excellent preaching of Dr. Cecil O. Sewell, Jr., we heard a clear presentation of the Gospel every Sunday. We kept riding the bus to church each week, we made friends, and we saw the difference Christ can make, in the lives of dozens of other students who were a part of the youth ministry at the church.
In September, my brother made a faith commitment to Christ. I didn’t fully understand it, nor did I inquire.
Fast forward to February 3, 1974.
After the morning service, I asked Brother Sewell if we could talk. He took me into his office, where we met for about an hour. His wife, Sharon, was with us, as well my my brother, Jim. Dr. Sewell read several verses from Romans. He explained that all have sinned (Romans 3:23), the payment of sin is separation from God (6:23), that Jesus died for me (5:8), and that I could experience permanent life change and receive eternal life in heaven through Christ (10:9).
Then he read Romans 10:13 – “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” There, in my pastor’s office, I prayed with him to receive Jesus as my Savior.
That was 43 years ago. I was just 14 years old at the time. Since then, I met my future wife, got married, and we now have a godly son who is 26 years old. But that moment in time when I trusted Christ as my Savior made it all possible. If I hadn’t trusted in Christ, I wouldn’t have become a youth minister and met Beth five years later, and I wouldn’t be David’s dad.
I’d like to think there have been many significant days in my life. But I know, without a doubt, that the most important day of my life was when the God of the universe entered my life. It was on this day, February 3 – 43 years ago – that I receive Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord.
It was the most important day of my life.