I love watching the “I Am Not Ashamed” video testimonies at my church. The fact that God uses our trials, experiences, and sometimes even our deep pain to impact the lives of others for His kingdom is awesome and humbling at the same time. It blows my mind that I have a part to play in God’s great plan!
However, there was a time when I didn’t think I had a story or testimony. The reason for that stinkin’ thinkin’ was because I didn’t have “a date”. You know the “date” I’m talking about; the- “I accepted Christ on this date…….and my life has never been the same” date. After all, the greatest decision of your life should be marked by an anniversary shouldn’t it?
My date is: “Somewhere around the age of 13 at a church camp in Big Bear and my life didn’t change all that much”. Very vague and not the “Hallelujah!” experience I used to think it should have been. My life didn’t change much because I thought it was a done deal; I did my part, now God does His. My sins are forgiven and I get to go to Heaven.
I knew that to be true but aside from that I knew little else. My childhood church didn’t teach from the Bible. It taught that Jesus saves, but never that God wants to be Lord of your life.
Fast forward 20 years and I find myself in a Bible-teaching church where I am surrounded by people who actually brought their own Bibles to church. Whaaaaaat?!
I was a little uncomfortable because there was no liturgy, no reciting the Apostle’s Creed or even the Lord’s Prayer and… I didn’t bring my Bible. We sang for 45 minutes! The pastor taught on ONE VERSE for another 45 minutes, then we went home. What was that about?! My pride scoffed at what they called a church service, but I went back the next week, and the next, and then it became home.
How exciting to discover the God of the universe cares to have a relationship with me. His Holy Spirit indwells me. The forgiveness of my sin is for my good, AND for His glory. This is much more than just accepting Christ and going to Heaven. My eternal life begins here in this life! Finally, my “Hallelujah!” moment!
One of my first thoughts when I was diagnosed with cancer was,
“Well, I finally have a testimony to share”.
Now I realize God has given me a story from my very first “date” to where I am now. Loving Him, learning about Him, and believing Him have all brought me to a place of trusting Him, and what better testimony is there than that.
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesions 4:1
The chance to live a life worthy of the calling of Christ; THIS is the greatest story my life could ever tell, …just living the thing.