This past Sunday, I had the privilege of sitting and listening to a brother in Christ give his testimony. He appeared relaxed before he spoke but was clearly nervous as he spoke. But, he did not need to be nervous. His testimony is a beautiful masterpiece displaying the amazing work of God’s love, grace & mercy working in tandem.
Some fellow believers might say that some backgrounds are worse than others but we all need God’s salvation. Untrue! Every sin we commit is equal in our betrayal against God. Every sin might have a different consequence on this earth but no sin has a different consequence in eternity. And, that is what matters most.
Jesus came to deliver us from our sin, from our wretchedness. He came to deliver us from the dominion of darkness and transfer us into the dominion of His Kingdom. Any professing follower of Christ who believes their life is better than, or not as bad as, another person because “Their sin is worse” does not fully understand the reality of sin and especially their sin.
Salvation through Christ is not fire insurance or a free get of out hell card. Salvation is what we are gifted with when we believe in the resurrected Savior Jesus Christ and repent of our sin. If we understand our sin then we should understand and recognize that we all equally deserve the full strength of God’s wrath pressing in against us for all eternity. But thanks to God Almighty, Jesus paid the needed price for our forgiveness and redemption. As a result, this gift of salvation is truly amazing. It is not something we deserve nor should we ever act like it is after we have been gifted with it.
This is why the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate example of love, displayed by God for us. This is why every professing follower of Jesus should be verbally sharing this redemptive message of Christ with the world, no matter the cost we face for doing so.
The brother who shared his testimony told the group that he wants God to use his story. He said that it took him a while to be able to share it with others but that is exactly what the world needs from us. In fact, we all need to hear more stories of the redemptive power of Christ in His people. We all need to hear how the Gospel of Jesus Christ has radically changed a person. We need to see and hear raw and living examples so we never assume the Gospel is for “Good People” and not “Those People”.
Christ is worth the proclamation of our testimonies to show the world and each other that the power of God is alive and at work. If Christ is not worth sharing with the world then he is probably not worth very much to us in the first place. And, if the latter is true, then something is seriously wrong.
Is Jesus Worth It To You?
Steve Schirmer, President of Silk Road Catalyst and co-Host of Missions Talk. Least Reached Advocate. Dedicated to No Place Left.