JOE TOMBERLIN | Testimony
My life before salvation was all about me. I did what I wanted, when I wanted. I had no one to answer to other than me. I was a thief. I was lustful. I was in church. Started going to church shortly after my mother and father separated. Around 12 years old, I found love and a family at that church, and wanted to do whatever they wanted me to do, so that they would continue to love me. So, I went to church every time the doors were open. When the pastor told me Hell was a real place and it was eternal and full of fiery punishment, I decided to say whatever he wanted me if He would promise me that I wasn’t going there.
So, I prayed what he told me to and he told me I was saved from Hell. I figured I’d keep doing the things I wanted to, ‘cause I was not going to Hell, so it was okay. Man, was I confused! Don’t get me wrong, I was not a hellion. I didn’t get into a bunch of fights, didn’t steal a lot; I cheated on some tests at school, but compared to many other kids, I was a pretty normal, a good person. But that’s the problem - other kids weren’t the standard. In college, I began to learn that Jesus is the standard. Jesus sets the mark, and according to Romans, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Everyone missed the standard. Everyone has sinned. I was part of everyone. My sins sent Jesus to the cross.
I also learned about Lordship. Jesus offered all of Himself to me, in return for all of me. 2 Corinthians 5: 21 says that God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin, so that I could become righteous like Jesus. Because of His death, burial, and resurrection, I could become righteous. I surrendered. I turned control of my life over to Jesus. Now I do what he wants. I answer to His will, not mine. I am forgiven. My life is all about Him. Now, I live for Jesus.