We will triumph over the Enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. – Rev. 12:11
Last Sunday morning, Nick and Jacob were baptized. They are two of Brandon’s very best friends. We’ve known both boys for years, so it was a day of great celebration for us, and one we had prayed about for quite some time.
Nick’s story was recorded on video:
I love Nick’s story and am so blessed to have gotten to watch it unfold over the last 6 years. When he came bursting into our house one night a few weeks ago to say that he wanted to get baptized, we reminisced over how God has worked in his life and pursued him in such obvious ways. He has spent countless Saturday nights sleeping over at our house and Sunday mornings riding to church with us. Brandon gave Nick his first Bible for Christmas in the 8th grade.
It’s a great story, and I’m so thankful that he was able to share it with our church, and now you, too.
The best part of that Sunday morning, though, came after the video. It was when Nick stood in the water and Clay asked him what confession he wanted to make. Nick loudly proclaimed, “That Jesus is Lord!” and then he was baptized.
That is Nick’s testimony, and the purpose of his story; Jesus’ death made payment for his sins. He is Savior and Lord, and Nick has decided to follow Him and no one else.
That’s the best part of Jacob’s story, too. And it is the best part of yours and mine.
When we hear that word testimony, we often think of a person’s experiences – his or her personal life story. And it’s true that is a part of it, but it’s not really the point.
Our victory is not found in the fact that we went to church or didn’t go to church, got involved in terrible things or didn’t, or even that we repeated a prayer when we were 7-years-old in Vacation Bible School. Our victory over the Enemy is found when we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord and take up our cross to follow Him.
The apostle Paul had a pretty fantastic story – blinded by God on the road when he was on his way to persecute Christians and all that. But that wasn’t Paul’s focus and he didn’t want it to be what anyone else focused on, either. He wrote in 1 Cor. 1:17, “God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.”
The point of our individual stories is to bring us to the place of testimony where we proclaim that Jesus is Lord. God uses every bit of life to point to the cross of Christ. When we get caught up in our own experiences – foolishly thinking that we don’t have a story worth telling, or that our story is so great that it is what makes us worthy – we trivialize the powerful action at the center, Christ on the Cross.
You can expect that some people won’t understand. Paul explained that, too. He went on to write in 1 Cor. 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.”
You have a story, and it is different from Paul’s, Nick’s, Jacob’s, mine, and everyone else who has put their trust in Christ. But your testimony is the same: Jesus is Lord. And that is something worth sharing.