Reach • Devotion #1: John Stone’s Testimony

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. My parents sacrificed to make sure we were at church on Sunday, Awana on Wednesdays, and later, youth group every week. I was a typical “good” church kid. I had the right friends and did not get into trouble. Looking back, this was a very dangerous position in which to be. 

I do not remember how old I was or who was speaking the night I gave my life to Christ, but I can vividly remember the overwhelming need to be right with God like a massive weight pressing down on me. Until that night, nobody had ever told me there was even a possibility that God could be angry with me or that I could die in my sins. I was on a self-righteous religious road to Hell. I thank God for reaching down and rescuing me from myself and from a life of futility. I praise Him for His undeserved grace and for allowing me to be one of His children. 

Colossians 1:10-14 has become a very special passage to me, “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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