A Sikh Story
I am from a Sikh background but when I was younger I used to attend Christian youth clubs in the area where I lived. My friends and I used to go just to play the games and we gave the Christian workers there a hard time when it came to listening to any Christian talks. I went to the Sikh Temple at 6:00pm every day and would sit there until they put the Granth Sahib holy book away for the night. I used to recite the songs and the prayers but I did not understand what they meant.
Every night I recited the evening prayers at home as well just before going to sleep. I got married at the age of 18, and then failed my electrical engineering course at college and had some troubled times with my extended family early in my marriage. I got very depressed and was interested when a leaflet advertising a healing meeting was posted through the door. In those days a Christian minister used to visit my Dad’s house and so I thought that I would ask him to come along in case I did not understand anything. In the meeting, there was some very lively worship and this seemed very different to the youth club that I had attended. I had been hoping that the meeting would at least give me a laugh to cheer me up. After the talk, the speaker asked if anyone wanted to come forward to pray to give their life in faith to Jesus and after a few minutes, I heard a different voice saying, “Open your heart and let me come in.” I believe that this was God’s voice. I ignored it at first but then turned to the minister who had come with me and asked if he had said anything. He hadn’t.
After a few more minutes, I heard the same voice say the same thing again and I replied in my mind, “ OK, God, if everything that they say about you is true then I’m in no danger; come into my heart.” As soon as I said that, my heart started to pound as if I was going to have a panic attack, I started to recite the Sikh prayers and I felt very anxious and burdened. The speaker said, “ Is anybody feeling as if they need to get rid of any burdens and be released from something?” This really related to me and I put my hand up and then quickly put it down again. Then the speaker asked everyone to close their eyes and asked the question again. This time I heard the inner voice say “Come forward” and I stood up to go to the front. My heart was really pounding and I felt as if I was drunk I went forward and the speaker said, “Pray after me.” I said “ I don’t know how to pray” but I prayed after him to trust the Lord Jesus Christ with my life. As soon as I said “ Amen”, the burdensome feeling went away and I had a massive smile on my face. They gave me a Bible and some pamphlets and I went home and told my Dad that I had become a Christian.
My Dad said that I had been brainwashed and that as the son of a Sikh I would remain a Sikh and so the Bible went under the bed-settee and I thought that I would still be a Sikh. That following week lots of things went wrong in my life. I broke my window, the boiler stopped working, the kids fell ill and my wife and I started arguing. I got to the point of saying aloud that I wished that the Christian minister who had taken me to the meeting would come and immediately he knocked the door. This was the first time that he had visited my house rather than my Dad’s house. My prayers were never answered so fast! For a while, I thought that I could be a Christian and still be a Sikh as well and I was not interested in reading the Bible. However I went to a Bible study with a friend one evening and at the end someone said that he had a word from God for me but at first I would not listen.
As we closed in prayer I had a picture that I had thrown the Bible away and my friend said that he had the same picture. So I asked the other guy what God had told him for me and he said that it was that I was ignoring the Bible. Everyone then laid hands on me and prayed for me and I felt drunk again as I had on the night when I first committed my life to Christ. Since then I have tried to follow Jesus and have been telling everyone that there is a God and that the only way to get to Him is through Jesus. It was a great joy when my wife also joined me in believing in Jesus Christ and we are seeking to bring up our children to know and follow Him also. God has given me a gift for composing and performing Christian songs which I want to use to worship Him and tell about the Good News that Jesus came to save us from our sins and give us a new life in Him.
” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me “,
(John’s gospel 14:6) and ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life “, (John’s gospel 5:24).
Jesus is the only way to God because He is the only one who can forgive our sins. He does this through the sacrifice of His death on the cross in our place and so deals with God’s condemnation and punishment of all that we have done wrong.
Without that forgiveness, we would all have to pay for our own sin in hell forever but Jesus paid the price for us and then rose to life again.
God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ is open to anyone who will place their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
God loves us and has promised forgiveness and a new life to all who put their life in Jesus hands. This promise is for all who want to turn from evil, ask God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and ask Jesus to be their Lord and take control of their lives but the power of his Holy Spirit.
By this simple trust, we can be freed from any punishment on the Day of Judgment and find a whole new living relationship with the real God who loves each one of us, with His Holy Spirit living within us to help us to follow the right way.
Millions of people from every country in the world and every faith background have found that their lives changed beyond all recognition when they placed such simple faith in Jesus Christ.