Encouragement

Throwback Thursday ~ Testify

Originally published August 9, 2016microphone-1261793_1280

When I was a kid, it was trendy to bring people before the church to give their testimony about how they got saved. More often than not, it seemed like these people had been saved out of all sorts of horrible things: drug use, promiscuity, alcoholism, prostitution, crime, etc.

It made for a dramatic testimony of the power of Christ to save even the worst of the worst, but it often left those of us who had grown up in the church, had been saved at a young age, and had never really done much “bad stuff” feeling somewhat ashamed of our testimonies. As though they were too boring to tell.

Recently, I was listening to an older lady give her testimony. She was saved in her 30s, and prior to that had been promiscuous and had a couple of failed marriages. But what struck me most about her story was not that Christ saved her from these things (although that was certainly amazing and glorious), but that this lady so regretted her past sins that said she used to sit and weep ask God, “Why didn’t You save me sooner?”.

And it hit me. This lady would have given anything for a “boring” testimony like mine. She has scars and shame that, while covered and forgiven by the blood of Christ, she will always remember and regret.

If you were saved at a young age and never really did anything “bad”, you, too, have a beautiful testimony that you should never be ashamed of. God not only saved you from your sin, He saved you before you could do many evil things that you would later look back on and regret.

Lots of your brothers and sisters in Christ would give anything to have a “boring” testimony like yours.

3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday ~ Testify”

  1. I don’t think of my testimony as boring when I remember that I was like a Pharisee, looking good on the outside but filthy on the inside, with no hope of saving myself. Just like everyone else, I needed God in His kindness to save me. He saved me so gently, yet my sins put Jesus on the cross to die. Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” My boast is in Christ!

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  2. Yes, I, too, was saved at a very early age and started living for the Lord pretty soon afterwards. Testimony time was something I did not feel worthy to participate in, though I was blessed by others’ dramatic accounts of their salvation experience. I often thought who would want to hear what I had to say. Years later, after moving to a different church, the pastor related how he had been saved around the same age as myself. He said it hit him one day how blessed he was that Jesus had protected him from so many bad decisions and helped him resist temptation and stay pure. Wow! I was so grateful to hear that and to be able to say, ” Amen!” The Lord’s “keeping” power is just as wonderful as His restoring power. And I have none of those heartaches and regrets that come from poor choices. Thanks for sharing this. It is a great reminder that God can use each of our testimonies to reach certain people right where they are.

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  3. Oh how I’ve been there, while right on the heels of wishing I had been saved earlier was the knowledge that God is sovereign and HE is on time, every time. Never late, never early. I am so grateful to Him, scars, regrets and all. I had Lessons to learn! Thank You Thank YOU Thank YOU Father!

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