Hello everybody, my name is Matilde and I want to tell you how Jesus worked in my life. I was born and raised in Germany, but my parents come from CoriglianoCalabro (Italy) and since they were catholic, I used to attend, as a child, the Catholic Church. I remember all the times I went there and everything appeared cold to me, I couldn’t see brotherly love. When the preach was done, my mother and I usually went before the Virgin Mary’s statue and we put some money for the candle; I was devoted to the Lourdes Virgin Mary, but inside my heart, I didn’t feel peace or joy at all. Every year, on our holidays in Calabria, there was the country party and we carried the statue all around the town and in the end on a ship; all this impressed me a lot, it didn’t fill my heart, because I saw that it was just a ceramic statue. Despite everything, I went on my way, with my religion. I felt righteous, not a sinner. Then, in December 2000, I met my husband-to-be, and meeting my mother-in-law and my husband’s uncles, I realized there was something different in them: I could see a light of love shining through their faces and I had a confirmation of that, hearing them talking about the great love they had for Jesus and for the others. Moreover, hearing my mother-in-law talking about God’s Word, quoting many verses through the Bible, I gaped, because I was absolutely positive that only the priests could know the Bible that way. In July 2002 we married with the catholic rite; one of my husband’s aunts gave us a Bible that I left apart for a while. After some months, I began to readit. I was particularly touched by the Gospels of Matthew and John. When I read among the Ten Commandments: “You must have no other gods before me. Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God”. I wondered: “Am I making God jealous?!” Also the verses my mother-in-law read to me, remained on my mind:
Our God is in heaven— he can do whatever he wants! Their idols are just silver and gold— things made by human hands. They have mouths, but they can’t speak. They have eyes, but they can’t see. They have ears, but they can’t hear. They have noses, but they can’t smell. They have hands, but they can’t feel.
They have feet, but they can’t walk.
They can’t even make a noise in their throats! Let the people who made these Idols and all who trust in them become just like them!
So, even if I knew that what my family and I believed and what we used to do was wrong towards God, I still didn’t surrender to the Lord. My mother-in-law and I often spoke on the phone and she kept talking to me about God; I listened with great pleasure because it gave peace and quietness to my heart. Finally, in October 2004, reading some Bible verses, I realized Jesus is the only way to reach God.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
I understood that I had to adore the Creator instead of the creature (Romans 1:25);
“True worshippers will worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23);
“There is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the human Christ Jesus” (1st Timothy 2:5).
I called my mother-in-law immediately. I thanked her because the Lord had used her to make me understand the truth. So I decided to open my heart to Jesus. Unluckily, having no guide, I ended up being like a piece of coal out of the fire, that was dousing. In August 2005, we baptized our son, I realized that I had deviated from God’s Word, so I asked the Lord to forgive me and I invited Him to come into my life. I considered myself a sinner, and I was sure that Jesus had sacrificed Himself to reconcile me with God. Because of His death and His resurrection, I can have eternal life. I wanted to do His will and I wanted Him to lead me. So, in August 2006, my husband helped me to find a Christian Evangelical Community. In those moments, I felt as if Jesus were pulling me behind, to put me back on the right way. Three months later, my husband accepted Jesus in his heart as his personal Saviour and Lord. Our life has changed because we both look at the same aim; our marriage got stronger as a “A three-ply cord” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Since we attend the community, I felt our love for Jesus is growing more and more. I thank Him for having given me true peace and the firm belief that I am a child of God. I am sure I’ll be in Heaven one day, and I want to follow Him and obey Him all the days of my life, until the day I’ll be able to embrace my Saviour, and see the scars, that attest what He suffered for me. I couldn’t feel like this before because even if I had a husband and a child, I felt there was something missing. Now my joy is finally complete! To the Lord be the glory, who opened my eyes and my heart.
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”