11 February 2013

Open Your Eyes and Ears

That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3  

That's really all I want to do.  I want to share (proclaim) what I have seen and heard. 

I can't even bear sometimes to use all of the lingo that is so very foreign to those who do not walk with God.  See?  I did it right there.  "walk with God"  Well, they don't even know what that means.  Again. "They".  Why is it always a them and us discussion?  If I was to "share my testimony" with you, it would start out something like "before I was saved" or "Once I got saved".  It's so foreign, really.

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18 

Yup.  So then, what do we do?

OK. Here it goes.   I am going to share what I have seen.  Why? So that you too may have fellowship with us (me), because my fellowship is with God and Jesus.

What I have seen: 

I've seen a terrified young 20-something man turn from a destructive lifestyle to a stable life including a happy marriage and happy children.

I have seen a drug addicted alcoholic become a leader in recovery and restoration.

I have seen a high school graduate become the founder and owner of a very successful business.

I have seen an abused young man grow into a loving husband and father.

I have seen all of that and more - simply by looking in the mirror.

I have also seen legs grow.

I have seen deaf ears opened.

I have seen cancer cured.

I have seen the lame walk.

I have seen the dead brought back to life.

I have seen the dumb speak.

I have seen marriages restored.

I have seen mankind redeemed.

I have seen God at work over and over and over and over again.

The change that God has made in my own life and the change that I have seen Him make in others lives is no less than amazing.  Following Him, loving Him, living for Him and fellowship with Him has been worth everything I gave up for Him.

That's what I have seen and heard.

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