At 54 years old, I have been a Christian for just about 28 years, almost half my life; I like that statistic!
Prior to coming to Christ I always had a passion for what I did. At 17 years of age I had become the men's Florida State Light Weight Karate Champion, and by 19 I was the U.S. Full Contact Champion and Bronze Medalist in the World Championships.
Later on in life as president of a technology company, I nearly doubled sales from 20 million to 39 million inside of my first two years. God has wired me to be one who gives 100 percent. It was no different prior to living for Him; I loved the night clubs, I partied hard and was the life of the party.
But thanks be to God for Bob Hansen, a faithful member of a church in Pinellas County, who in 1985 walked into my karate school, came up to me with loving confidence and began to share the reality of Jesus Christ.
For almost one year on a weekly basis he would invite me to his church and each week just to get him off my back, I would tell him I would be there. He didn't give up; the Lord would not let him.
Then one day, broken and defeated, I walked into Harvest Temple Church and was overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit and the love of that precious congregation and finally bowed my knee and gave my heart to Christ.
I learned later on from the scriptures, that at the moment when I surrendered to Him there was a party in Heaven!
"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" Luke 15:10.
At that instant I was crowned with the great-est title of all -- a son of God in His GloriousKingdom -- and also became a party starter in Heaven helping to bring countless others out of darkness into God's Glorious Light, including my own father.
I have had the privilege to pray for and see numerous miraculous healings, preach many messages in many places and serve God on various fronts that have produced much fruit.But the greatest miracle to be a part of, the biggest rush for me as a Christian, is to have a role in leading someone to Jesus.
I want to encourageyou to be passionate toward Him, confident in His love and grace toward you, and fervent toward reaching out to the un-churched. God is calling you to be a "party starter in Heaven!"
If you do not have a home church, I would like to invite you to join me tomorrow as I share more powerful principles on this important mandate from God.
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 825 Ninth St. W., across the street from Turner Donuts in downtown Bradenton. Call 941-776-0026 or visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org for more information.