"If it weren't for Him I would have remained in a life without understanding, forgiveness, joy, hope and peace"
By Dave de Villiers, 09 Mar 2017
Just another day in sunny South Africa. The phone rings. It's Shane, my long time high school friend, but I can't hear what he’s saying. His girlfriend Heidi takes the phone: “Shane's father is dead.” “What?” “Yes – he’s dead. He died in a car accident this morning.”
For the first time in my life I knew I wasn’t in control. I began to realize that the Bible wasn’t merely human philosophy, but essential words of eternal life. I felt deceived by the empty and powerless cultural values of being a ‘good boy’ at school, studying hard and being polite. What for?! Only to die alone?
I wanted to see the world and experience life. So I went oversees and – while not having much money – lived with the sole intention of having a good time. When the money ran out I returned to studying, but with friends back home I found myself studying alone… and for what? Just for survival.
Around about this time my dad encouraged me to read a Bible book called Ecclesiastes. This confused me even more: "meaningless, meaningless everything under the sun is meaningless". I was looking for encouragement, not to be told there is no hope!
But I kept reading, and eventually when I got to the end it all made sense to me. You can only find meaning in life when you can please God. How can you please God? Well, only through the finished work of Jesus who took my punishment on the cross for rejecting Him and rescued me from a hopeless situation. I am very grateful for God’s kindness, mercy and intervention in my life. If it weren't for Him I would have remained in a life without understanding, forgiveness, joy, hope and peace.
Romans 8:34: “Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God – and He is interceding for us.”
Your money or your life? How hard can it be to get to heaven? King’s Church Guildford is an Anglican evangelical church meeting just outside Guildford, and we'd love you to join us for our Guest Sunday - 26th March 2017. More details here.