What’s your testimony?
I’ve been a Christian since Junior High and I’ve met many Christians over the years. I’ve heard many testimonies of faith, but I’ve seem to notice a common denominator with many: Many people think they have a “boring” testimony.
Let me say this: There is no such thing as a boring testimony. When God raises someone from the dead, it’s staggering.
I think I know what people mean when they say “boring.” They mean to say, I think, that they’ve never done drugs, didn’t sleep around, didn’t have an alcohol problem, didn’t come to the end of themselves, and were born into a Christian family where they got saved at a young age. If this is the case, the testimony may not be as dramatic as some, but it certainly isn’t boring.
A testimony is what our life was like before we got saved, how we got saved, and how our life is now different because we are saved. The remedy to removing the word “boring” from our understanding of our testimony is a proper understanding of what our life was like before we got saved.
Remember what Paul said to the Ephesians?
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind (Ephesians 2:1-3).
According to Paul, before we met Jesus, we were:
- Dead in our sins.
- Following satan.
- Children of wrath.
Then God saves you. And makes you a Christian where you become adopted, forgiven, loved, sharing in Christ’s inheritance, and seated with him in the heavenly places. We go from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light. Surely, there is no such thing as a boring testimony.
We can have testimonies that are more or less dramatic, but never one that is boring. When God raises someone from the dead, it is always staggering.
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