Jie Gu's Testimony
On a cold February Winter in 2014, I started on a journey that would lead me here today. I was making some breakfast in the apartment when my roommate casually asked if I was interested in checking out this local church he found. I agreed, and soon I first set foot inside High Point Church.
I’m a stubborn person. I’ve been coming to High Point Church for four years and only now finally decided to become baptized. The reason it took me so long was because I thought something profound would happen to me. That didn’t happen. In the beginning of 2018, I decided to read through the bible from beginning to end, and once I finished it, I would get baptized. I was being stubborn and stupid because I knew Jesus wanted me to be baptized. But I wanted it to be more significant. Then I read Job:
“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” ~ Job 38:2
“Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” ~ Job 41:10b-11
And I realized in my heart God wants me to be baptized because he loves me, and who was I to put a condition on that pure, single fact?
I didn’t come to Christ under extraordinary condition. In fact, it was very ordinary, gradual. I was agnostic, and my life was good. I had a loving family, went to college, found a job, and volunteer at the library. I didn’t really think that much about religion. I look back on the aspects of my life before 2014 and see that they were like seeds pointing to Jesus and becoming a Christian. But without water, they would only be seeds.
In 2014, I listened to my first sermon at High Point Church. No big change came over me, but I thought that the sermon was wise and educational, and inspired deeper pondering. The seeds were starting to be watered. I don’t recall exactly what Nic’s sermon was on, but I remember the ideas of self-control and doing the right thing even if it’s hard. “These should be some of the tenants in my life!” I thought. So I made the choice that I would go to High Point next week. I made the choice to go to High Point week after week, month after month.
The people I’ve met along the way were like the nurturing soil, their friendship and fellowship helped me learn about myself, about the bible, and about Jesus. I had a hard time opening up about myself at first, but now I think I’m doing a better job (it’s still hard). It was hard to lay my problems and weaknesses at the feet of our Lord, but it got a little easier. It was hard to pray and to trust in prayer, but I do it more. It was hard to understand what God’s love for me means, but I’m striving to learn.
Because of the water and the soil, the seed has grown, and I think I can see now a little more than what I used to be able to see. I used to think I had everything I needed, but I see now that I was missing the most important thing I needed, Jesus. I now choose to live my life meaningfully, and because of this I believe in Jesus. I accept that Jesus took my sins upon the cross. I choose to live my life joyfully seeking to glorify God.