The woman had tears pouring down her face as she approached me. That weekend I was given the privilege of being able to serve in a capacity that prayed for people after they made a decision to accept Christ. I waited at the prayer table and I met her eyes with a kind smile. “Can I pray for you?” I asked. The tears kept coming as she shared with me her story. She told me about her broken past and the things she had been through and she asked me if God could truly forgive her for the things she had done.
I told that woman that there is nothing that she could do to separate her from God’s love because of what Jesus did for us, as long as she is willing to accept His gift. Then I prayed for her as she repented and accepted Christ into her heart.
I think back to that Sunday morning and the words I knew deep in my heart. I knew without a doubt that God would forgive that woman. I knew that no matter what she did, God’s mercy is greater.
She told me it was very hard for her to tell me her story. I understood. I have gone through a darkness in my past that I don’t want anyone to see – but I told her what she does next is what is important. By letting Christ in her life, she can change her ways and live as a testimony to others at what our God can do.
My past is messy. My past is dirty. I look back on all the things I’ve done and people I’ve hurt and it still hurts me to remember that girl I use to be. But our God, full of mercy, doesn’t point to my past – but my present and future in Him. That’s the love of Jesus Christ.
I’ve shared bits of my testimony before on my blog – but I think now is the time to share it all. I know if I face my past, God can use anyone if they surrender to Him fully. The next few weeks I will spend telling you my story. I hope it helps you or someone you know and points them back to Jesus.
What’s your story? Whatever it is, it’s so important to God. He can use your story to minister to others. Share it.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:3-7.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your forgiveness and mercy. Please allow my past to be a testimony to others and give me the courage to share it. Amen.
Discussion: What’s your story? Have you ever shared your testimony with someone and it had an impact on their life?