A Church with a Heart for our Community

June 9th Tuesday

Greetings in the name of the “Author of Salvation” (Hebrews 2:10), Jesus Christ – THE Crucified and Risen Saviour! Well, it is a ‘damp’ fine morning in the Kingdom! I trust that you had an enjoyable weekend and revelled in the blessings you received. I am not sure we fully comprehend the magnitude of truth that is released when we simply say: I am blessed! Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to open your senses to what is happening all around you and within you.

Last night we enjoyed a Bible study lesson on “remembering” and the importance of speaking our testimony to others, and ourself. It was a thought-provoking time. After I turned out the lights and before sleep over-powered me, I heard a couple of old gospel songs being sung…in some dimension or other. As Acts 2:17 says…”your old men shall dream dreams” – I tucked this moment away and waited.

We had left our Bible study with an exercise sheet that directed us to spend time with God and ask questions about our ‘testimony’ and its importance. The first song had a chorus that I heard went like this: You can tell out the sweet story – You, yes, you – Somebody’s life will be brighter – Somebody’s care will be lighter – You can tell out the sweet story – You, yes, you – Sidney Cox. The ‘sweet story’ – your “testimony” – the activity of God in your life…blessings, comforts, interventions, guidance, insights, pleasures, delights, and strength that came to you – sometimes because you prayed, sometimes when you did not, sometimes when you were looking, sometimes when you weren’t, sometimes when you believed you deserved them, and sometimes when you knew that you did not deserve them at all.

The other song asks a question, or two: What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow? – How bring back hope where men have sorely failed? – Just where I am I’ll speak the word of comfort – Tell how for me Christ’s sacrifice availed … What can I do to justify my living? – What can I be to make this life worthwhile? – I’ll be a voice to call men to the Saviour – Just where I am and win my Father’s smile … and the chorus declares the value and importance of “testimony” – Just where He needs me, my Lord has placed me – Just where He needs me, there would  I be – And since he found me, by love he’s bound me – To serve him joyfully! – Miriam Richards.

So, as I consider my exercise sheet, I believe that God has revealed to me that I am where I am in my life so that I can affect that corner of the world by telling people that God is at work – right here and right now, in all of life’s circumstances. God is saying to me: That is about as complicated as it gets. You have a “testimony” – you speak it – others will listen – and they will know that “I am who I say I am!” is still alive and active.

Be blessed!