I am Michael Da Silva, Sr. My parentsÂ immigrated to Canada from EuropeÂ with four sons. My twin and I wereÂ born in Toronto.
I am thankful for honest, hardworkingÂ parents who sent us to churchÂ almost every Sunday. I like to look backÂ at my childhood as a time of innocence.Â However, by the time I was 16 years oldÂ I had overdosed on drugs.Â One night after a rock concert, myÂ friends abandoned me. The policeÂ arrested me. They later admitted thatÂ they were very close to shooting meÂ because I was extremely violent towardÂ them. They took me to a mental healthÂ facility, as they thought I was an escapedÂ patient. I was assessed by the doctorÂ who directed the police to rush me toÂ the nearest hospital for toxic treatment.
After that incident, I stopped usingÂ drugs cold turkey for a while. I soonÂ thought that I could control myself byÂ being careful with the doses I took.Â I married a beautiful girl and withinÂ four years, we were both working, hadÂ a place of our own and two baby boys.Â I really thought I had my act togetherÂ and was in perfect control, but I wasÂ certainly wrong about that.
I started to see old friends againÂ and began to dabble in the things thatÂ almost destroyed me in the past. OneÂ night, I mixed alcohol with drugs. I fellÂ off a second story balcony and broke myÂ right arm. I was working as a tradesman.Â I had a hefty mortgage, lots ofÂ bills to pay and was unable to work. IÂ learned how to make moonshine. I wasÂ a drug addict AND a bootlegger; but,Â I still thought that I had everythingÂ under control.
One night, I needed a fix so I used aÂ washroom in a restaurant in downtownÂ Toronto. My key chain just happened toÂ fall on the counter and one of my babyÂ boyâ€™s pictures seemed to stare at me. IÂ thought, â€œIf I keep going this way, whatÂ kind of a father will I be, and how longÂ will I be around for my wife and kidsâ€? IÂ looked into the mirror and plainly said:Â â€œOh God, help me!â€
During this time my wife had aÂ friend who would constantly invite usÂ to come and hear someone speak at herÂ church. At first I was definitely NOTÂ INTERESTED; but she was so kind toÂ my wife and children that I decided toÂ go and listen to the message.
This is where Iâ€™d like to stop talkingÂ about myself and tell you what I heardÂ that night. The message was from theÂ Bible. It was the story of God and HisÂ love for all mankind.
The speaker was at the door shakingÂ everyoneâ€™s hand and thanking them forÂ coming. When it was my turn, I actuallyÂ tried to avoid him but he shookÂ my hand and asked me if I was saved. IÂ told him that I didnâ€™t understand whatÂ he meant. He rephrased the question,Â â€œIf you should get into a car accidentÂ tonight and are ushered into eternity,Â where will your soul be – in Heaven orÂ in Hell?â€
The speaker told me Godâ€™s greatÂ message is that I could be saved throughÂ the finished work of the Lord JesusÂ Christ. Christ paid the price for sin andÂ willingly died on the cross at Calvary.Â He was taken from the cross and buried,Â and on the third day He rose again.
The man further asked me if IÂ believed I was a sinner. I had no problemÂ admitting to that. That night we read aÂ few verses from the Bible together suchÂ as: â€œThis is a faithful saying and worthyÂ of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus cameÂ into the world to save sinners, of whomÂ I am chiefÂ â€ (1 Timothy 1:15). And,Â â€œif you confess with your mouth the LordÂ Jesus and believe in your heart that GodÂ has raised Him from the dead, you willÂ be saved â€ (Romans 10:9). That nightÂ I realized two things. I realized that IÂ was a guilty sinner before God and thatÂ Jesus Christ died on a cross, was buriedÂ and rose again to save my soul from aÂ lost eternity.
There is so much more I could tellÂ you about my testimony, but this storyÂ is really not about me, itâ€™s about whatÂ God has done for me and what He canÂ do for you. God will never force salvationÂ upon you but He will never rejectÂ you if you will come to Him just as youÂ are. The Lord Jesus said: â€œthe one whoÂ comes to Me I will by no means cast out â€Â (John 6:37). Will you come to HimÂ now?
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