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I still remember someone telling me "We homeschoolers just don't have impressive testimonies! We're kind of boring - we just got saved and were raised right".
That subject came up at the Bella Vista Baptist Labor Day Conference. A young pastor cracked me up telling the story of his testimony. He told us how he was saved at the age of 4 - and what a hardened, soul-sick character he was before that glorious day. He claimed he was "on the bottle", "behind bars", and "passed from woman to woman". Of course, we all know he was referring to his formula, crib, and baby-sitters!
The subject came up again at FBI. John Yates spoke about how some of us don't feel like we have a glorious testimony. After all, we didn't head a big-city gang, kill 50 people, or were involved with drugs or Wicca. Instead, a lot of us were saved as children. We were in church every opportunity we got, we read our Bibles daily, and sang in the choir.
And I love the way Brother John put it. "I like your testimony better!"
Why? Because there were no wasted years, no horrible regrets, no terrible crimes. Yes, it is a wonderful, glorious thing when God saves a hardened sinner and transforms him. God rejoices, we rejoice, and the angels rejoice.
But they rejoiced when you were saved too.
Don't ever be ashamed of your "boring" testimony. Praise the Lord you never murdered anyone. Praise the Lord He didn't have to start His work of molding you into the image of His Son by convicting you of things like drinking, profanity, and drugs. It's nothing to be ashamed of. We should thank the Lord we heeded the work of the Holy Spirit at a young age and obeyed the call.
We've all sinned much. We've all been forgiven much. Some sins aren't so obvious to the human eye; God alone sees them. If we all realize the depth of our sin, how no one is righteous, then we can say with the adulterous/harlot woman that he who is forgiven much showeth much love.
But we need never despise our testimony. God saved us and, whether as an innocent child or hardened drug-dealer, it is something to sing about.
So what it your testimony?