“I did not have a fireworks moment for my salvation. I had a falling in love with Jesus in Sunday school when I was a very young child.” I absolutely love this quote from Beth Moore. “A lot of times in the society we live in, bigger is better.” Whether it is the more action-packed movie, the most souped up cars, or the most extravagant home whatever it may be, there is always competition for who has the biggest and the best. Sadly, the same has become true of our testimony as followers of Christ. At times, we can begin to idolize those who have the craziest testimony and story of how they came to Christ. Now, know my heart, I love hearing people’s testimony. Everyone has his or her own unique story, and it is awesome. However, there does not need to be competition on whose is the best. Just as Beth Moore says, there is nothing wrong with not having a big firework moment.
One of the reasons I love 1 Corinthians 15, is because it is the first recorded account of the resurrection. We know this to be true by the facts that Paul writes within the letter. In 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, Paul records those whom Jesus appeared to after His resurrection. The reason we know this to be the earliest recording of the resurrection is found in 15:6, “Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.” Right here, Paul is declaring the fact that there are over five hundred witnesses alive, during the time that he wrote this letter, whom can attest to the resurrection of Christ. Moreover, it is through this resurrection that our salvation hinges on. Without the resurrection, we have nothing; no testimony, no stories to tell, and no messages to preach.
Those five hundred witnesses were ready and able to give an account of what they had seen. Some of them may have had some crazy stories about what God had done in their lives before they came to believe in Christ and His resurrection. Yet, for others, I bet they simply fell in love with Jesus that morning He appeared to them. As you go throughout your day and this week, remember that every story matters. We are not in a competition; no story is greater or makes someone a better follower of Christ. Just as those five hundred witnesses could attest to the resurrection of Christ, we can also. At the end of the day, we have all fallen in love with an amazing, risen Savior.
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