Bringing sexy back

One of my friends did some really crazy stuff before he became a Christian. People are always asking him to tell the story of God's work in his life. It's pretty cool.

I don't get asked to tell my story (well...Jose asked me once, but that was a long time ago). I'm overweight, wear glasses and (you'll know if you listen to the podcast) have a high pitched voice. Everyone knows that I don't have a crazy story to tell.

And that bothers me sometime. It used to bother me a lot. I'd try to make stuff up or exaggerate things in order to make my testimony more sexy. Now, it just bothers me sometime.

My testimony isn't sexy, but it's mine.

And I resonate so much with the words of the Apostle Paul:
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

I was young when I became a Christian. I didn't have a lot to offer. By the standards of this world, I wasn't outstanding in any way. I sat the bench on most of my sports teams. I got good, but not top grades. I had friends, but not many and I wasn't very close with any of them. And I had a high pitched voice. Some of that changed after I started following Jesus, but not all of it.

I know that God had a purpose for calling me, even if it was only to say to the world that God is still interested in you even if you're not cool. I'm not cool and that's okay (thanks, Scott). I cannot boast before God. I'm not a trophy. I'm a child of God.

I don't have to have a sexy testimony. All that matters is that I have one. And I should tell the story I've got, not wish I had a different one.

Thank you, God, that it is because of you that I am in Christ Jesus, that it's not because of me. Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:57 PM

    I used to feel that way a lot until I was asked to give my testimony at a concert in my hometown. After muddling through it (not very enthusiastically), I remember telling my friend Chaz who had just become a Christian how much I wished I had a story like his. He turned, looked in my eye, and said to me "You have a great testimony! You have the testimony I want my KIDS to have."

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  2. That's such a great word.

    We're on the verge of having a kid ourselves and I'd love for our son to have an "I've been a Christian as long as I can remember" testimony.

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