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I was very blessed and fortunate to have been born into a Christian family. We went to church every Sunday, and as far back as I can remember, I had a belief in God. But it didn’t become real or personal to me until around age twelve. That’s when I started to read the Bible on my own before going to bed. The words penetrated my heart because I knew I would be held accountable for my sin. So I prayed to be on Jesus’ side, and my faith and confidence—initially fairly weak and timid—began to grow.
As I went through high school, I felt as if I had to just ignore some of what was being said at school and elsewhere—that Christianity is outdated and totally irrational. But during my college years at Taylor University (a Christian college), I had the opportunity to read books by C. S. Lewis, Ravi Zacharias, and many other writers, who helped me understand that “all truth is God’s truth” and that the world we live in—its history and science, and even human nature—all point to the existence of the God of the Bible.
My love for Jesus grows more every day as I try to comprehend the magnitude of his grace and how I contributed absolutely nothing to my salvation. It was 100 percent Jesus’ work.
When I was a kid, I was a huge sports fanatic. I loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Louisville basketball team, and I dreamed that I would someday play for those teams and win a lot of championships. I thought that would make my life really significant.
As an adult I still sometimes get wrapped up in finding my significance in temporary things, like my job. But the truth is that only Jesus can give me the significance my heart longs for.
Now I’m part of something that’s really, really big. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, we live in enemy-occupied territory. Jesus, the rightful King, has landed, and He has asked us to join Him in a great campaign of sabotage.
That is the winning team that gives me significance and hope.
Jason and his wife, Nora, are parents of three boys, ages five to seven. They became members of Wheaton Bible Church earlier this year and serve together in Children’s Ministry, on the Front Door Ministry team, and as a part of the Refugee Resettlement team. Jason says that becoming friendship partners with an Iraqi family they are helping to resettle has been “one of the most unbelievable and amazing experiences of our lives.”