There was a defining moment in Chris Howard’s life when he realized his need for Jesus. The moment came when he reflected upon a parable in Luke where Jesus shared about the two people who owed money to a moneylender—one owed 500 denarii and the other 50 denarii.
“The very next line talks about how they were not able to pay that debt. And I think people are easily able to skim over that line. But, that really shows us why we need Jesus; we are not able to pay that debt ourselves.”
Chris experienced God’s patience as he reached a place of humbling himself, accepting Jesus’ payment for sins and taking the step of obedience in baptism.
Fortunately, Chris didn’t have to hit rock bottom to have God change his thinking. He experienced quite the opposite—some really high, highs. He had great success in college and even got to be the Brutus Buckeye mascot at The Ohio State University. His dreams were coming true.
But, Chris had decided for himself what makes a good person and what it means to be on the right path in life. That’s when God’s Word changed him.
“[I had a] huge transformation in my life to where I was now living for God’s standard and the truth of the Bible. I was able to use the Bible to start changing my life, even if it’s not always really what I wanted to hear.”
Hear more from Chris in his video.
The Full Transcript
I definitely had a moment in my life where I realized the need for Jesus. What went through my mind at that moment was you know, I always go back to one of my favorite parables which is Luke 7:41-42 where He talks about the two debtors, one owed 50 and the other owed 500.
The very next line talks about how they were not able to pay that debt. And I think people are easily able to skim over that line, but that really shows us why we need Jesus, ’cause we are not able to pay that debt ourselves.
You know, it’s life changing. And so you’re lookin’ at someone who my story really shows that God has patience. I think I didn’t come to realize that truth until I was 21 years old. It was a slow, humbling process for me, because much like the rest of the world, I set my own standards, and tried to decide for myself what makes a good person and pursued happiness, and thought if you’re a good person and you’re doing what makes you happy then you’re on the right path.
It was a very slow, humbling process that really showed me the selfishness and prideful ways in my life without ever having to hit rock bottom. And so I was going through college and was doing good in school, getting good grades, was the mascot of Ohio State University, and really all my dreams were coming true. And yet still was able to humble myself to realize that it wasn’t stacking up living up to my own standard.
And so that huge transformation in my life to where I was now living for God’s standard and the truth of the Bible, it was a huge change for me and my life. As 2 Timothy 3:16 says, I was able to use the Bible to start changing my life even if it’s not always really what I wanted to hear. Something I was nervous about was my family was going to be there and I know my parents.
I was very concerned about how they were feeling about it because in their minds I had already been baptized as a baby. And so I was very nervous about that. If you are thinking about being baptized, I don’t think it should even be a thought process. I mean, if you’ve been saved, this is your opportunity to give God the glory.
And it’s a public display of giving that glory to God. He just worked his way into your life and, you know, the Bible commands that once you have had that transformation in your heart that you let the rest of the world know.
And this is your public display of giving it back to God.