My pastors and church staff came up with an excellent idea by asking all church members to submit their personal testimonies. The homework assignment has two benefits: 1) The writer can decide if they have a testimony. If they don’t, they can discuss the absence of such with a pastor; and, 2) The church staff will file the testimonies away so that when a congregant passes away, those who attend their funeral will hear the testimony read. Most Christians come away from funerals asking, “Did they know Jesus as Lord and Savior?” Testimonies reveal Truth.
Our Associate Pastor asked us to divide our testimony into three phases: Before, How and Now. I wanted to share mine with you. You, my reader, won’t have to wait until my funeral. You’re getting a sneak peek.
Before: I was brought up in a committed Christian home. Jesus was introduced to me as my Savior from the very beginning. My mother led me to the Lord by teaching me the bible and answering any questions I had. I was seven years old when I acknowledged Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. There was a time I lamented that I didn't have a heart pounding story to tell. I was in my 20's before I realized my heart pounding story was He has been part of me since I was a young child. He’s directed my path my entire life.
How: I can remember standing in church at FBC Deer Park. I remember the pew where I stood with my mother. I remember the song, "Just as I Am," playing. My mother looked down at me and asked, "Are you ready to ask Jesus in your heart?" I said, "Yes" to her and "Yes!" to Jesus.
Now: It's amazing. While I don't have a heart pounding testimony prior to accepting Christ, my entire life’s message is heart pounding. Jesus brought me through so much. He taught me humility since my early salvation turned me prideful. I can't possibly stop telling His story; even when unbelievers don't want to hear it or believers don’t like how I say it.
Here's the question – Are you ready to ask Jesus in your heart? All you have to do is ask. He does the rest.
“Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13