I’ve been there before. Sunday school teacher asks a couple kids to share their testimonies in front of a group and you’re one of them. The kid before you gets up and you get that sinking feeling in your gut. Here he/she goes again. It’s not that they are insincere; it’s just that their testimony is so exciting and yours is, well, it’s boring.
Everyone claps and brushes away tears as the kid in front of you finishes telling about how his/her parents died, their uncle abused them, their grandma abandoned them, they live in the children’s home, but God has protected them this whole time.
You, however, accepted Jesus when you were seven, maybe younger, and have grown up in church, never really messing up ever since. Sigh. What a boring testimony. No drugs, no alcohol, not even a good fight!
Are you kidding me? The only thing boring about your testimony is you! We’re talking about God’s grace here! It’s not some mechanical traffic sign that switched from red to green – go on to heaven. We’re talking about the King of all of heaven and earth, the One whom the winds obey, leaving His throne, living perfectly, dying painfully, and rising triumphantly. Or did you miss the fact that Jesus took your place? That He came back from the dead? That he would even so much as listen to you, nonetheless care?
Don’t ever mistake your misunderstanding of the Gospel for a boring testimony. There’s nothing boring about what Jesus did for us. So don’t be like middle school me who felt like their testimony wasn’t “good enough.” Give glory to what God has done for everyone who believes – even a boring person like you and me! And keep in mind that your testimony expands as you mature in your faith. The God who saved you from your sin is still at work in your life today.
I’d love to hear your testimony – you can catch me on Twitter @R_Adelsberger.