Your testimony is a powerful tool. The Lord can use your testimony to help point others to Jesus. It’s your testimony. But it’s also God’s story. It’s the story of how God transformed your life. It puts flesh on the story and the power of God.
Yesterday at Ebenezer we heard a powerful testimony from a new young minister. Matthew (Sporky) Andrews gave a testimony of his calling to ministry. It’s been awesome to see him grow in his faith these last few years and now head out to seminary to step out into his calling. It’s this sort of story that reminds me so much of why Paul was writing these two letters.
1 & 2 Timothy are letters from Paul to the young minister, Timothy. Paul is using the letters to encourage Timothy to serve well, stay the course and be a bold witness of the power of Jesus Christ. So, he begins this first letter by sharing his story with Timothy. What better place to start? Here is Paul’s testimony in his own words found in 1 Timothy 1:
“I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry — even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” — and I am the worst of them. But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate his extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:12-17