Everyone has a story to tell. I’ll admit, I’m not always a fan of people in general, but I love that we all have a story. That’s become a big focus for us at Northstar Church in 2016. As we study the book of Acts as a church, we are able to see how the early church began and how their stories took shape. At the same time, we are able to look at our own lives and see how God has worked in us and given us stories of our own.
If you’ve spent any time in an evangelical church for any length of time in your life, there’s a good chance you’ve heard someone give their testimony. Personally, I don’t often hear the word testimony outside of that context, unless it pertains to taking the stand in a court of law. If you’re unfamiliar with a testimony on the church front, it’s basically someone’s story. Specifically, it’s someone’s story detailing how God has been at work in their lives.
This morning, Jeff, our pastor, shared that his testimony isn’t a dramatic one, explaining that he became a believer in Christ at the young age of seven. I, too, walked the aisle at church when I was seven years old. So, like Jeff, I can’t say that finding Jesus saved me from a past filled with drug abuse or criminal activity. But does that mean that I should describe my testimony as less than dramatic? Just because I was saved as a kid, should that make my testimony any less powerful than yours?
Here’s the thing, I’ve never understood why any Christian has described their story as not being dramatic. Why would anyone say that about themselves? Everyone goes through their own trials. The things I’ve gone through in my life may have taken a different shape than the troubles you’ve faced, but that doesn’t mean they were any less real to me. That doesn’t mean that God hasn’t been able to use those difficult times to help me grow, just like He can use your difficulties to shape you, as well.
It doesn’t matter how old anyone is when they decide to follow Christ. It doesn’t matter what anyone’s life is like prior to believing in Him, either. The fact of the matter is, I was on a path to Hell. Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice and the grace I’ve received through faith in Him, I’m on the path to Heaven. That, to me, is amazing and is never a dull story.
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:12