|Into the Likeness of Christ|
|Hope Stories - Stories|
I was a young religious girl, who did everything my parents and others wanted me to do. I actually forsook myself for the sake of others' happiness. I thought I was okay and was already right with God, because what was I to repent of? I thought I was already a perfect being!
One evening, I engaged in a heated discussion with other girls in school over what it meant to have a relationship with God. I argued scripturally that I could only give my life to God when I was dying because then I would be made perfect. My job in the meantime was only to live right and await the final day.
That night while asleep, I heard in a dream a voice telling me the world had come to an end, and my name was not on the list. I asked what I could do to have it there, and the voice answered that I needed to give my life to Christ.
I stayed awake the whole night anxiously waiting for morning so I could tell one of the girls, from the previous day's discussion, to lead me to Christ. I chose a relationship with Jesus to avoid eternal condemnation.
New Life in Christ
Since then, I have been through trials. After completion of my education and getting a good job, I had challenges at the work place and needed to change jobs. For five years I never was able to change jobs, and I waited on God. I prayed for a husband. My financial status was terrible and I had lost hope in everything, nothing mattered. I learned that being a new creature in Christ, I had to put away arrogance. While everyone knew me as a humble girl, I was arrogant inside, always thinking that Christians who did not have it right were just not praying enough and were being punished for their sins. I learned that was not the case, and that God allows us to go through different situations for different reasons and for His own glory. In my case, the pride was dealt with and I pray that I will continually be changed into the likeness of Christ.
In God's own time, I got married. I was over 30 years old, got a job the same week, and sort of started a new life. This was all after I had dealt with anger against my enemies—those God allowed to cause pain in those times. The pain is gone and now I have joy in Christ.
Mary O., Nairobi, Kenya