"I found that through trusting in Jesus I could have a relationship with the God I'd rejected"
By Lara Klopper, 29 Sep 2016
I was blessed to grow up in a family who taught me about God from the Bible. Aged nine, I decided I wanted Jesus to be my King and so prayed a simple prayer asking Him to be just that and saying sorry for my sin.
At that point, I didn’t really understand what ‘sin’ was. I just assumed that it was the bad things I did – being mean, lying and forgetting to feed the hamster; or, as I grew into my teens – swearing, ignoring my parents and generally being pretty selfish.
What I didn’t realise was that these things were a manifestation of a much bigger problem. A problem with a more serious consequence. I had been rejecting God.
Life changed pretty dramatically when I was 16. My parents decided we were moving in China and my anger soon became directed at God. I was angry He didn’t care about me, or what I wanted in life.
But as I wrestled with this, the real meaning of sin became clear to me. I realised I hadn’t given God any proper recognition for the past few years. Nor, in fact, had I considered what God might want for my life. I had rejected God, despite enjoying the many good gifts He’d given me.
Amazingly, I found that through trusting in Jesus I could have a relationship with the God I’d rejected. In His death on the cross, Jesus took the punishment I deserved for dismissing the God who gave me life and loves me dearly.
Because of God’s mercy and love, I am today able to live life to the fullest. But better yet, to look forward to an even better life that is to come.
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