God was so gracious to give us so much to celebrate on Resurrection Sunday. The ordinances of Baptisms and The Lord’s Supper, God’s people lifting up their voices in song of praise to our King, The Word of God from Romans 8 — the love of God in Christ Jesus that we can not be separated from, BEAUTIFUL! And then, to top it all off, a POWERFUL testimony from one of those baptized, Devon Mize. I have heard LOTS of feedback regarding the things Devon shared. It was powerful. Devon shared a ton of great things about Jesus and how he has changed his life. Here are a few that I remember:
“Jesus may have looked like a liar or a lunatic on Friday when he was crucified, but when he rose from the dead on Sunday, He proved that he was LORD.”
“I’m a part of Jarod and Lara’s small group and the Tuesday morning men’s study. I need that community.”
“Before I was a Christian, I thought I was really awesome, and I didn’t really see how that was hurting people around me.”
“I make a really sorry God.”
“I use to think that you had to have it all together to be a part of the church, but Jesus said he came for the sick, no the well.”
The whole thing took about 10 minutes, but it was 10 minutes that people won’t soon forget. If you are reading this, I’d like for you to consider sharing a YOUR testimony in a similar way. You may be thinking that your not a good public speaker. I get it, getting in front of people can be a scary thing. But can I tell you that people appreciate someone NOT being a “slick” presenter? It’s refreshing. If you fumble your words, they can relate. Also, and I mean this in the most loving way possible, you sharing about what Christ has done….is not about you. It’s not. It’s about Jesus. In your testimony, you hold a GREAT source of encouragement to other Christians and an excellent way to share the gospel with people who don’t know the Lord Jesus. Please consider doing what Devon did. You won’t regret it.
If you are considering, it can be as simple as answering the following questions:
1. 1Peter 3:15 says that we should always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in us. What is the reason for the hope that is in you?
2. 2Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. What is an evidence that you are a new creation in Christ?
3. What would you say to someone who is skeptical of Christianity?
If you would like to share your testimony with me, PLEASE let me know firstname.lastname@example.org I would LOVE to hear it. And certainly, if you are willing to share with the church family, we can discuss that too!
I love our church. It’s a great privilege to serve as pastor to this great body of believers.
Have a great rest of the week. -roy