Being religious isn’t enough

Theresa Zulu
Theresa Zulu

Theresa Zulu grew up in a family where her parents had been divorced. Life was hard financially and there were times when she asked God "why?"

Despite the difficult environment, Theresa grew up to be a very religious person. "I thought that being a Christian meant doing good works," she says. "In fact I thought doing charity work was more important than being 'born again'.

"Growing up as a religious person meant that I had a fear of God. I did my best to remain committed to God. When I committed sins like lying and jealousy, I would ask God for forgiveness."

Theresa believed that her sin of lying was caused by her parents being unable to meet her needs. To get what she wanted from other family members she had to lie to them.

"With life so hard, especially financially, and coming from such a poor family I asked God why this was the case. I began to ask whether God loved others more than me. So I searched for this God who blessed others, so that I could be blessed," Theresa admits.

"I started to think about spiritual things and God began to speak into my life, as at the time I had no idea what being 'born again' as a Christian meant.

"Then I went to Church and I heard the gospel (good news about Jesus) preached. The pastor spoke from the book of Daniel chapter 5 verses 25-28 where Daniel speaks God's judgment on the king, and says he is found wanting in God's eyes.

"As I heard this message I realised I was wanting in terms of my life. Even if I did good it could not save me. So I decided to become a Christian because I realised that without Christ all my good works meant nothing.

"I prayed to Christ confessing my sins, calling upon His name that He may come into my heart and be Lord and Saviour of my life. My life changed as God gave me a desire to grow spiritually and also to help others to know about Christ," says Theresa.

"To overcome sin and particular attitudes God helped me through the reading and studying of the Bible as well as having time with fellow Christians."

A Bible verse that has been helpful to Theresa along her journey comes from the book of Joshua chapter 1 verses 8-9 which says; "This book of the law (Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success."

"The message I want to share with people is that God's love is great. He loves every person created in His image as we read in John 3 verse 16, 'For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.'

"If you accept Jesus Christ, the love of God will come upon your life. Again we read in John chapter 1 and verse 12; 'But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.' These blessings come to all who genuinely believe in Jesus.

"I thank God for the precious gift of a good husband who has been an inspiration to me in my Christian walk and together we have four children and two grandchildren," Theresa concludes.

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