Leader Testimony // Johnny Cross
LEADER TESTIMONY | The Story Behind the Servant
I have been following The Lord Jesus since my freshman year of high school. Before that, though, I was living a life full of selfishness and sin. I grew up in a Christian home with a family that loved God. My parents were constantly encouraging me as a young kid to believe in God. But my goal was to always have a ton of fun and live my best life for all the wrong reasons. When it came to school I always wanted to be liked by everyone, and I would do whatever it took in order to get people’s approval. With that being said, school was full of people who did not know the Lord and their influence on me was very negative. I soon began to partake in the same things they did when I was just 12 years old. Smoking weed, drinking alcohol, and doing many other things that continued to ruin my life. I was walking down a path of destruction and I didn’t ever think about the Lord while I was doing so. And even when I did think about Him, the thought would be drowned out by the distraction of drugs.
My freshman year came around and my parents highly encouraged me to go on the youth winter retreat. I agreed to go just for the sake of getting away and having fun. But that weekend, God changed my life. He did a work in my life that I did not deserve, all because of His wonderful grace. But as soon as I got home, my friends greeted me with a packed bowl of weed and invited me to hang out with them and smoke all night. And for the first time ever, I declined their offer. I walked away in disbelief that I turned them down, but I was so grateful and excited to see that God had really changed my heart to want the things that He wanted for me and not the things the world has to offer.
I slowly started to grow from there. I began reading the Word of God for the first time in my life, fueling my soul daily. I began sharing the gospel at school and I went from one of the most popular kids at school to being that labeled as “that guy who loves Jesus.” While everyone meant it as a negative thing, I liked it because they knew where I stood. I began to care less about what others thought and started to care more about what God thought of me. Praise God that I was saved, because without Him I do not know exactly where I would be, but I know it would be a life full of sin. My life will have its ups and downs, but I pray that I will choose to continually seek God throughout the rest of my life, constantly growing in my relationship with Him. God bless.