Envision for a moment a neighborhood filled with proud mommas. They get together once a month or so and spend the morning sharing all about their kids. One of their favorite ways to brag a bit about their sons and daughters is to share pictures.
Just imagine them all with two pictures, one in each hand. On the left is a picture of their child when they were a toddler, and in their right hand is a picture of that same child as an adult. Everyone “oohs” and “ahs” until they come to your pictures. The moms just silently stare at the two pictures because they are exactly the same. The toddler never grew up.
Such a sad thought reflects the heart of Sunday’s message. We learned that the testimony of a changed life is so powerful. In fact, our growing, ever-maturing Christian life is an integral part of the gospel we share.
Paul had quite a testimony, and it served his message well. We too have a testimony, and it reflects our becoming more like Jesus. The message of a changed life is such a formidable tool as we share the gospel with others.
No one is perfect. We all have our faults and, at some point, struggle with some area of sin. If we can’t admit it, 1 John 1:10 calls us a liar. But when we admit it, rejecting those choices and turning to Christ for forgiveness and restoration becomes a part of the extraordinary “good news” of the gospel.
Our lives are not separate from the gospel, they are embedded in it. God has chosen to use the foolish, the weak, and the despised (1 Corinthians 1:27). Their testimonies and the details of their lives can reflect the grace of God with amazing power.
This week, let’s take to heart the “Don’ts” Pastor Jason shared this past Sunday. Let’s quit trying to be someone else. Let’s embrace our personal history and be careful to not get caught up in the people-pleasing game. Let’s respond to His loving goads.
Don’t try to hide what God is doing in your life, and don’t be afraid of those times when you seem to be alone. Your story is for His glory. Tell it!