Four years ago I began my freshman year at UNL. I was nervous and desperately hoping to find a good group of friends. Halfway into my first semester, a friend invited me to play a game with a group of his friends and I found out that they all were part of Candlewood Church. I was invited to attend with them, where I got to meet the rest of the Candlewood community.
I was surprised how welcoming and sincere the people at this church were, but one of the biggest things that stuck out to me was how genuine they were in their relationship with God. In churches that I went to growing up, church was just something you attended on Sunday. These people were different. They were serious about their walks with God and lived that devotion everyday.
A couple weeks later, a friend I met at church asked me an intriguing question: if I were to die today, would I go to heaven or hell? I was a little taken aback, but I proceeded to tell him that I thought I would go to heaven because I’m a good person. Then he told me about God’s perfect law, the Ten Commandments, and how we all fall short of it. If we break any of those laws even once, then we can’t reserve the right to be called good.
That’s when he hit me with the gospel of Jesus and how He came and died in order to give us a way to be reconciled with God. If I gave myself wholly to Christ, then I, too, could be made right with God. I was convicted. About a week later, I made the decision to put my faith in Christ and let Him be the pilot of my life.