Sharables Lesson 8 – Terrific Testimony
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
Several years ago I was asked to share my testimony at a conference. I was raised in a great Christian home, accepted Christ at age 7, baptized at age 12, rededicated my life in high school, and went to Bible College. During college, there was a time when I questioned whether to go after baseball or seminary. The rest is pretty basic.
The other speaker was Joe Ehrmann. Joe was an NFL all-star football player. He said he could always get a restaurant table wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted by reputation, force, or money. He was famous. He lived life big until his younger brother was diagnosed with Leukemia. Joe said he introduced himself to the doctor, so the doctor knew he was important. He bribed the doctor. Finally, he threatened the doctor. Nothing changed the diagnosis. His brother was going to die, and he could not do anything. He sat in the hospital hopeless. A random church group came by and asked if they could come in the room. They sang and shared the Gospel. He was 28, and it was the first time he ever heard the Gospel. He and his brother both gave their lives to Christ. Not long after, his brother died. It was a celebration, as they knew he would be in Heaven.
Luke 7:41-43 is a parable that describes the story of two people, “‘A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.’ And he said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’”
Some would see Joe and me in this parable. However, it takes the same amount of God’s forgiveness for everyone, and everyone should appreciate it the same. However, those who strayed longer often have a more radical transformation. It appears they “love him more.” That should not be the case and it is not always the case, but the illustration makes sense. We all need to realize how lost we were without Jesus.
After the conference, Joe introduced himself to me. I mentioned how incredible his testimony was. He said mine was better. I was dumbfounded. He said, “Yours is the one I want for my children. I do not want them to have all the scars I have experienced.” My testimony is remarkable.
What is your story? We all are born with a debt we cannot pay. Jesus picked up the bill. It is paid in full.
How will you thank Him today?