BY: ADAM MCMANUS
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Acts 9:17-18: So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.
Revelation 12:11: And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: We find Saul on a dirt road to Damascus. He was on a mission to arrest any and all believers and bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. I guess you could say that Saul was proudly hoisting one side of his cardboard (or stone tablet) testimony that read “Saul—Lead Christian Persecutor.” Little did Saul know that he would have a blinding encounter with Jesus that would forever change his life. After this life-altering, name-changing moment with our King, Saul (later known as Paul) boldly carried the same piece of tattered cardboard with the reverse side reading “Paul—the most influential Christian Missionary to ever live.” Wow! We are blessed that Paul was appointed by God to boldly share his testimony with the world.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: For the first 23 years of my life I was a Saul. I was lost and broken beyond repair, but actually thought that I had it all together and even bragged about my steadfast independence. After a series of “rock-bottom” events in my life that almost cost me my family and my job, I had a Damascus Road encounter with Jesus. What am I trying to say? EVERYONE has a testimony! Some are like Peter, some like Paul, some like David, etc… —and there is power in each one of our testimonies. For years, I was embarrassed and ashamed of whom I was BC (before Christ) and still have reservations sharing who I was before I met Him. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I attended a church service that showcased a series of “cardboard testimonies” that I realized that there are normal people that have a broken past like I do.
What is your Cardboard Testimony? Who are you going to share it with?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, give us a bold confidence to share our testimony with the world. Help us to understand that our testimony is the most powerful thing that we possess. God, I give you all the glory and honor for how you have transformed me and my life. I love you, Lord, and I humbly thank you for saving me by grace through the blood of your Son, Jesus.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Adam is married to Talysa (his best friend and an amazing worship leader), a proud father to 3 godly children (Tyler, Maggie, & Aidan), a dog-owner to Bo and Quincy, and a friend to an awesome band of brothers. Adam has a passion for spending quality time with his family, cooking, backpacking, traveling abroad and international missions. He wouldn’t mind sharing his cardboard testimony with you!