01 Apr Not a Dramatic Testimony – Apr 14
By Firman Rianto
Everyone loves to hear an old-fashioned, rip-roaring, “glory!” conversion testimony. The dude who was a meth dealer, and a mob hit man before he found Jesus; a lost son whose mother never gave up hope. A really good testimony will include running from the cops and/or beating up a Christian who shared the gospel.
I don’t have a particularly gripping testimony. I never did drugs. I didn’t have premarital sex. I never served time in a correctional centre. Even so, what a blessing it is to not have an interesting testimony. Seeing that the consequences of sin don’t suddenly disappear once Jesus comes into our life.
Former drug addicts still have to deal with all the temptations, cravings and health problems that come with addiction. Those who have slept with multiple partners carry the memories and feelings of those partners into the marriage bed. Former gang members have to come face to face with the people they hurt. Women who have had abortions carry that weight for their entire lives.
I’m not saying I’m better. I need Jesus just as much as everyone else. The Pharisees and the prostitutes both desperately needed Jesus. What I am saying is that I’m grateful God saved me when I was young; that God spared me from some of the more obvious, outward sins.
The wonderful thing about Jesus is that he saves all kinds of people. He saves the rich and poor, the cool and the outcast, the lawyer and the loser. Jesus doesn’t show favouritism when it comes to dispensing grace.
I am not disappointed that I don’t have a gripping, over-the-top testimony. Will I get to tell my story in front of large audiences? Probably not. But that’s a good thing. I’m grateful that God spared me from the heart-breaking, soul-wrenching consequences of some sins. I’m grateful that God saved me before I could wreck my life.
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2. The Right Momentum – Momentum yang tepat (April – Juni).
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3 ESV).
April: Paskah – “sesungguhnya Tuhan telah bangkit!” Lukas 24:13-34.
Yellow Fir, you have been assigned to write my story section for this edition
Im sure you are well aware already whats my story involved hehe
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