Andrew Grosjean as a kid.
My Spiritual Journey with Jesus
Personal Testimony of
I was saved when I was young, five years old. My mother, father, and uncle all thought it important for me to know the truth about God. Before I was saved though, I questioned what they taught me. I recall asking myself, "How do I know that what my parents are telling me about God is true. What if the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, or Muslims are right?" I decided that the only thing to do was to try and do all the religions. But even as I came to that conclusion, I knew that that would not work. I knew that to be in some of these, you could not be in any others. On a deeper level, I knew that there was another problem. I knew in my heart that what my mother had taught me was true. I did not know how at the time, but I knew it. Now, I know that that was the Holy Spirit giving His witness to me.
2 of 3 Reasons People Get Saved
Jude 22 "And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." I believe that these verses tell us that there are three reasons why people come to Christ for salvation. The first reason listed is love. Some people come to the saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ because they experience the love of Jesus. This was my mother’s testimony. The night she got saved, the preacher was preaching about the love of God. It was the first time that she ever really heard that anyone loved her.
The second reason listed in Jude for why people come to Christ is because they fear hell. Unfortunately, fear of eternal fire is the thing that some people need. For some, it is what finally makes them see their need for salvation.
The Reason I got Saved.
It was not these things that made me see that I needed to trust Christ. I was not moved by the fear of hell, or even by love. The last part of Jude 23 says hating the garments spotted by the flesh. I came to Christ because I wanted to know the truth. I wanted to make sure I was on the right side. I wanted to be free from sin. I wanted that purity. I needed the purity that only the truth brought. That was why I needed to know which religion was right.
I decided to pray one summer afternoon in, of all places, a toy store. Yet I was not sure that I had prayed right. So, I went to my mother, who happed to be at the cash register at the time. I asked her, "How do you get saved again?"
I remember that the cashier was looking at us strangely. But my mom told me that you need to pray and tell God that you are a sinner and ask him to come into your heart. "Ask him to forgive you of all your sin, even the ones that you do not know about." That was the part I forgot about.
When I got home, I curled up into the corner of the couch in my living room and prayed again. I followed all my mom’s instructions. I wanted to do it right. Of course, now I know that it is not so much the specific words that you use as it is the heart of faith and repentance in which you approach the Throne.
Why do you need to be Baptized?
While my parents were believers and loved the Lord, our home was far from balanced. Even when I was five and for some time after, I thought a lot about suicide. My mom even took me to a psychologist, and psychiatrist around that age and they said that I was suicidal, at five years of age. I did not know about that until many years later.
At age twelve, I had a pre-ulcer in my stomach, because I was so angry and bitter. God got my attention and taught me to control my anger. It was around that time that I was baptized at my uncle’s Baptist church. He was the pastor.
You can know whether you are saved
God has been very patient and merciful to me. I started feeling the call to the ministry at age nine. At that time, I was going to a Christian school and heard preaching in chapel two or three times a week. This started me on a road. I did graduate from a Christian high school. I went on to Midwestern Baptist College. From there, God sent me a wonderful wife that helped me heal in ways that I could never heal alone. He gave me eight wonderful children, so far.
In the last ten years, God has allowed me to be ordained by Open Door Baptist Church. I have had the honor of serving as youth pastor at this inner-city church. God gave me the grace to finish law school and pass the California State Bar. But my calling in life is the ministry. Law and the other things that I have done are only of interest to me if they help meet the needs of my family and church.
In 2005, Canaan Baptist Church in Taylor, MI called me to be pastor. I had just passed the California State Bar and was planning to go to California and start a church while practicing law or something like that. But the Lord opened the door to take the pastorate in Metro Detroit. The ministry was always the first priority. So, we took this small family church. It has been an adventure ever since.
Louis Fourie from Johannesburg, South Africa on October 06, 2010:
Beautiful testimony! love where you say "I came to Christ because I wanted to know the truth". Truth is what is driving me to look deaper into the things of God.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on March 12, 2010:
Pastor Andrew, Beautiful testimony! I am sure that there is a great bond between you and your wife. What a blessing the Lord has allowed healing to take place through your marriage! How wonderful eight children...! Praise God!
Thank you for sharing, Blessings!
Cristina Santander from Manila on January 08, 2010:
Great hub. Great testimony of receiving salvation. Thank you for sharing it. Remain blessed always.