Here’s a good one from Jon. Enjoy-anita
“…even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21)
It is not enough to simply know about God. We want, in fact need, to know God, in the present tense, as someone who is alive and active right now, why? So that the world may believe He sent Jesus.
Think about who Jesus is for a moment; better yet, think about who you were before you met Jesus and who you are now. No matter what your story it’s a fair bet that the person you are now, after meeting Jesus, is a radical departure from who you were prior to meeting Jesus. What, or rather who, effected that change? It wasn’t our knowledge about Jesus, our array of trivial facts guaranteed to win trivia games, but our knowing Jesus that made the change. At some point we decided to surrender – let down our defenses, give up our unsuccessful strategies for dealing with life, stop kicking “against the pricks” (Acts 9:5, KJV) – and give control to Jesus.
But heady as that was and no matter how far we’ve come it means far less if an unbelieving world doesn’t hear our testimony. Look at this example from John 4:
“From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” (vv. 39-42)
The woman at first didn’t even know who she had met; in fact, she asked “…this is not the Christ, is it?” (v 29) Yet she was so amazed by the encounter that she was compelled to testify about the little she knew. From that small act of faith comes the result in verse 42. Now many believe and it’s a good bet that they will tell others.
Testimonies, thankfully, come in many flavors. My preferred method is writing but I know someone who spends his retirement going each morning to Starbucks and starting conversations. St. Francis supposedly said “Preach Jesus and if necessary use words.” There are as many ways as there are people but the important thing to remember is that once you met a man on life’s path and since then your life has never been the same. I’ll bet that there is some weary, discouraged fellow traveler who’d like to meet Him too.
By: Jon Roark