Nola Roeding - Dunkerton, IA

Nola Roeding - Dunkerton, IA

I remember, even as a young child someone told me that Jesus loved me and He was my friend. My family only went to church, sometimes. It wasn’t ever mentioned until Saturday night if they were going to go on Sunday. Then, a lot of times my parents wouldn’t wake up to take us. I remember I would get up in the morning, dress myself and walk to church. I was scared to go into church by myself ( I was only 4 or 5 years old ) so I would sit on the steps for a while and then walk home.

We moved to another town and started going to church a little more often. The church we attended taught that God sent His Perfect Son into the world to be an example for us of how we should live. We were to do our best to be like Jesus. When I was 13 years old, I started questioning this teaching. I am suppose to do my best to be like Jesus, but Jesus was perfect and I am not. How can I be as good as Jesus? What is my best? Is my best going to be good enough for God? What if God thinks I should have done better? How can I get to Heaven?

Then a family moved to town. They had a daughter and we became friends. They had an evangelist come to speak at their church for 3 nights and my friend invited me. I went the first night and the evangelist was talking about things I had never heard before. I was trying to put together the things I had learned and what he was saying. I still didn’t understand. The next night as I was listening to the speaker, I realized I was a lost sinner and the only way to Heaven was through Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He died on the cross for my sins. He shed His blood for me and I needed to believe on Him. There were my answers to my questions. It had nothing to do with me doing my best. I thought in my mind and heart, “Thank You God, Thank you God! I was trying hard to hold back the tears when my friend asked me if I wanted to go up front and speak to someone. I said, “Yes”. The person showed me in the Bible different verses and had me read them out loud. I remember reading Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 3:10, There is none righteous, no not one. Romans 5:8, But God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. These are just a few of the verse I read and had never heard before. That night at home I knelt down and asked God to forgive me for my sins and thanked Him for His son, my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Shortly after this, my friend moved away. She was a special friend God had brought into my life. Today, I praise and thank God for His precious gift of His Son, my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I pray through my testimony it may help someone else to see Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.