A Middle School Boy’s Testimony

What does spiritual growth look like for a middle school boy? Here is a copy of a testimony that one of the students in my ministry shared recently. It’s the story of how God has worked in his life. I received permission from him and his parents to share this on my blog and changed a few details to protect his identity. His story provides a realistic look at spiritual growth through 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

“I was born and raised in a strong Christian family. I accepted Christ when I was 6 years old. Although I accepted Christ at that age it didn’t change my behavior because I was so young.

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I was a good kid and always went to church. Except I never really enjoyed like worshipping because I thought it made you like uncool. And it wasn’t until the summer of 6th grade I think that I was at camp and in chapel and everyone was singing. I finally got out of my comfort zone and starting worshipping God, and when I look back on that I realize how dumb that was of me. Because I was at church where you can’t really be judged for singing and I thought I was too cool for it. But anyways I just decided to share that because I feel like worship music is where I feel the closest to God and feel his presence.

So back to my walk with Christ. I went to a new school in 7th grade and it was a huge change for me. Once I got there I feel as if I was too worried about people liking me that I kind of stressed myself out about having to be popular and trying to be friends with all the cool kids no matter if they were good kids or not. But later I think God helped me realize that I shouldn’t try to be friends with the popular kids but with people who 1) let me be myself and 2) help me in my walk with God and 3) don’t lead me to temptation. But mainly those types of friends aren’t from school they’re from church which is one of the reasons why church is so great.

A verse that has helped me in my walk of faith is Romans 6:23, which is probably a verse that most of you are familiar with and it says, ‘For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ This verse helps me sometimes because it lets you realize that you basically deserve to go to hell when you sin. And it makes me think a little bit every time I sin because I realize like wow I should go to hell for doing this but at the same time it also lets you know that you can repent from your sins and turn away from it and still go to heaven.

So yea thanks for reading my testimony peeps.”