Today I found myself in a state of reflection on where I used to be and where God has taken me out of. I feel a lot of times we are afraid to look back on our past, we typically had done some shameful things and hurt people we loved. However, our past is our testimony, it is not to be feared, and it is not to be cherished either… it exists for the sole purpose of being able to say “I was once lost, but by the grace of God I was found.” Our testimonies are a message to the lost, encouragement to the broken, and uplifting to ourselves.
What an honor it is to say that God has brought me out of something, He has proven himself sovereign over and over again. Let’s not fear the transformation God makes in us… just look at the power of God:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
He transformed us into this:
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
We can not afford to forget the lost and focus on the saved. The word “outreach” is used on a constant basis now in churches. I wonder however do we forget the purpose of outreach? Do we forget the purpose of the Church? Outreach is for the lost, to see them changed and transformed just as God did, and does, to us. The church is here for the purpose of being a safe haven for the lost and broken, and a place of conviction and growth for all.
Aside from the Word of God, the other tool in our belts is our testimony… and often it can have a lasting impact on persons. When we combine our testimony with the Word of God, we see the power of God move, and change lives. Never forget that WE are the light to the earth, we are the city on the hill… let us not hide it.
This week I want to challenge us all to do something, reflect on where God has taken us from. For some of us it has been too long since we remembered where we have come from, we have let that fire dim down, it’s time to throw some kindling on the coals! Let’s go to church this week with the mindset of grace, and of freedom. Next I challenge you to just share your testimony with someone, let them know that God still has the power to change your life!
2 Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”