I Peter 3:15 (NIV) – “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
As I contemplated my submission for the “Trails and Triumphs” contest I was reminded of a night with my men’s group; somehow we were sharing our testimonies. I listened intently as a few men eagerly shared their testimony; a few was impressive for a group of men. Listening to the stories I found myself becoming more and more envious; this one was addicted to drugs until God saved him, another had pornography issues, and that one came from an abusive family; me I had nothing. I was the “goody two shoes” of the group; I had never taken drugs, I didn't drink, my family loved me and I loved my family; I had many minor infractions, but nothing to shout to the world about. My testimony seemed petty in comparison.
“I wish I had a testimony, like you guys.” After hearing these heart wrenching testimonies (if it makes grown men cry it is heart wrenching) I felt inadequate to lead these men. I believed that I needed some epic Old Testament story to be a real Christian. I believed that a testimony like theirs would give me credibility as a Christian.
“Keith” my dear friend started, “I would not wish my story on anyone, but I would love to hear yours; because yours is one of the reasons I come to this group.” My testimony was my testimony and God gave it to me to share when asked; and so is yours; share it.
Keith Henry – Making Christians think about their Christianity.