My name is Abdul Khan. I was born into a Muslim family. Growing up, I thought religion was a waste of time. I had no respect for believers. I thought their beliefs were myths created to suit agendas and manipulate weak people. But this was about to change.
One day, I lost my temper with the woman I loved at the time. She left me, and I couldn’t deal with it. I was surprised because I thought nothing in life could phase me. This breakup, however, uncovered my hidden weakness. I realized that all the inner strength I thought I had was never there in the first place. Suddenly I remembered the disrespect I had for religious people. I had called them weak. I’m just like them, I thought. I’m to be pitied like those people I pitied before.
This moment of realization sparked a sense of curiosity. I got my hands on a Bible and began reading from Genesis. The stories were fascinating. I could feel my hatred begin to melt away with each page. I wanted to learn more, so I started going to a Seventh-day Adventist church.
Because I was still doubtful, I would stay after the service to ask questions. I wanted to see if the people would try to deceive me. To my surprise, they were honest. They answered my questions by simply explaining what the Bible said.
As I kept studying the Bible and asking questions, I began to know Jesus Christ. Before all of this, I had only negative ideas about Him. But once I started reading and understanding His Word, He blew me away.
I thought to myself: Jesus is the person I have always wanted to be like. I never knew there was anyone like this!
Ready to follow
As I continued to learn, I was impressed by the integrity of Jesus, along with His actions and words. When I went on a weekend trip, part of my Bible study course, I decided that I couldn’t keep denying the truth about Christ and who He is. I prayed, “That’s it. I don’t know what this means for my future, but I trust You, and I’m ready to follow You wherever You take me.”
That prayer changed me. I realized my life had little meaning without Jesus. Now I’m on my own personal journey with Him—the One I was created for. I have peace knowing that in the highs and the lows of life, in the joys and sorrows, He’s standing with me. He’ll never leave me.
I’m comforted that even in death my relationship with Him is secure. With faith and hope I can look beyond the grave to a day when I will continue my walk with Jesus throughout eternity.