I Once Was Lost
Duane Vander Klok
Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. Psalm 66:16 (NIV)
At one time we were all dead in our sins, and came to a point where we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Ephesians 2 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world…all of us also lived among them at one time…but because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.”
You see, being a “Christian” doesn’t simply mean that you go to church on Sunday mornings. It is a daily relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, and community. It is alive. It is a story of grace and redemption from our perfect Lord and Savior, whose name is Jesus Christ!
We all have stories of where we came into contact with this living God. Each testimony is different, and it can be simple or complex. It can be long or short. The Apostle Paul was knocked off of his horse, temporarily blinded, and heard the voice of God Himself. That’s a pretty radical testimony. Yet Peter, who was a nobody fisherman, was seen by Jesus and told, “Follow me.” Maybe that’s not as radical as Paul’s story, but we know that it is equally important! We wouldn’t dare say one is ‘better’ or more important than the other.
Here’s what the Enemy wants us to do: he wants us to compare our testimonies. The devil wants to shut us up by saying, “your story isn’t radical, no one can benefit from hearing your testimony. Can they?” And, here’s why: the power of the Gospel lives inside of our testimony. Facts about the Bible don’t change an unbelievers heart, but when you bear your own heart and story about what God has done in your life, that Gospel testimony cannot be denied.
It’s not about how radical or simple your story is, what matters is that you were once dead and you are now alive. It’s not even about us, really! It’s about a God who died on the cross for our sins, and rose again to give us new life.
This week, let’s take time to write out our testimony. Where were you before you knew God? Where did God meet you? Where are you now? Let’s also give thanks for what God has done in our lives!