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Emmanuel AchoIt made me different.
My faith story is not one of those crazy wild stories that some people have. My father is a pastor so I was born and raised in the church, and have been in the church my whole life. I don’t even remember a certain [specific] time when I [became a Christian], so I guess my faith testimony would be my life story itself—the fact that I haven’t been in trouble, that I have had the opportunity to be above the drama and worries of life that some people have to go through. It made me different.
As a Christian and as a believer, you’re different from the world…you are in the world but not of the world. So growing up and going to school and just knowing who I was and my identity [as a Christian] at an early age set me apart from all my other peers who didn’t really have that sort of an identity. I mean, I was a little more confident because of who I was in Christ.
And I have confidence beyond reason because I have confidence in Christ. It’s knowing and seeing what I can do, and [visualizing myself] having already achieved it in my mind, because I know I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. By being completely and totally dependent on Him it gives me the strength to go on. In the [Oklahoma University] game I tore my meniscus and had to have surgery. That’s the time where I had to cry out to God to get me through it, and He brought me back three games later, so I have no complaints.
Romans 10:9 says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved. I think that is a great starting point, but also Ephesians 2:8-9 says that by grace you are saved through faith, and that is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God so no one can boast. So it’s nothing we’ve done or that we can do to receive salvation, it’s not our good works, it’s just through our Father’s grace—just confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and truly believe it in your heart.
Right now the most fun I’m having outside of the football field is I hang out with a group of friends and we call ourselves COAH (City on a Hill) which is like Matthew 5:14 that says we are like a city on a hill and a city on a hill cannot be hidden. We get together and try to “salt the earth,” to preserve Christ’s work. In my free time we go and try to figure out ways to help out around Austin—go to different orphanages or whatever it may be.
Matt 5:13-16 says we are the salt of the earth…we are the light of the world. You don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand for all to see. So let your light shine before all men that they may glorify our Father who is in heaven. We are the salt of the earth and we are here to preserve Christianity and preserve Christ’s work. I think every day brings something different to the table and through Christ I’m able to achieve.