When I first became a Christian, it was an exciting time for me. There were still trials and frustrations galore, but somehow they seemed less imposing, and easier to endure. It was then I began to hear words and phrases from others that I did not understand. It was like I had to learn a whole new vocabulary.
The most daunting phrase for me was when others would ask me what was my testimony. Having been a consistent watcher of Perry Mason when I was growing up, I had a good idea of what I was being asked, but had no idea what mine was. It seemed like every direction I turned other people had dramatic testimonies of how their lives had been miraculously changed through the hand of the Lord. They were all hang onto the corner of your chair happenings, gripping stories of miracles and redemption.
Then I would find myself thinking, “I am so ordinary and boring, what is my exciting story? What evil clutches had I been saved from?” I even asked myself if I had a testimony. Little did I realize that it wasn't so much about who I was and where I came from, but about a story of love and perseverance.
That is what it ultimately comes down to. Love and faithfulness. That the Lord loved me before I knew Him. And that I, knowing the truth of who He is and what He has done for me, faithfully continue to love and serve him no matter what circumstance I may find myself in.
That, is a Christian's testimony, as unique as the individual. A story that begins with the love and faithfulness of the Lord, that is filled with the struggles and challenges of each life, and ultimately ends in the victory of the cross.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
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Lisa, I once heard an evangelist give a moving testimony of how God had changed him from his wicked ways. After the service a neighbor pastor told the evangelist he did not have a great testimony like that, for he was saved as a child and had been a Christian most of his life. The evangelist replied, "I wish I had your testimony, one of Christian living since a child." So, it is not how great the testimony is that makes the difference, but the fact that we have one. God bless and keep you, friend.