The Greatest Testimony

Even if you didn't watch the game, I'm sure you've heard about Super Bowl 51. It seems like that's all anyone can talk about, and with good reason. Sunday night's football game was an incredible comeback story. Shortly into the second half, the Atlanta Falcons were leading with 28 points while the New England Patriots only had 3. It seemed that the winner had been determined. But suddenly something changed. The Falcons never scored another point while the Patriots began scoring over and over. By the time the clock ran out, they were tied at 28-28, making the Super Bowl go into overtime for the first time in history. Shortly after that, the Patriots won, 34-28. Coming back from such a deficit had never been seen in a Super Bowl before and people just can't stop talking about it.

Comeback stories really are our favorites, aren't they? We love to cheer for the underdog, the improbable winner, the person that no one believes in. The greater the victory, the more we raise it up on a pedestal. You know, the same thing goes for our spiritual lives. The dramatic testimonies are the ones who get all the attention. We read books and listen to speakers who were gang members or drug lords or prostitutes or something like that. They then had an incredible encounter with Christ and are now going around the world sharing their story. The unconscious message that is being shared is that, in order to have a testimony, we need to go out in the world and do terrible things otherwise no one will care about what we have to say. The charge given to us in the book of Hebrews, however, says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" (Hebrews 10:23). We may glamorize the comeback story, both in life and in spirituality. But the greatest testimony will never be the testimony of someone who dabbled in everything the world has to offer before sliding in to a relationship with Christ at the last minute. No, the greatest testimony is the testimony of the one who never left, the one who has been holding fast to their faith without wavering.

Learning to value my testimony,

Pastor Sutherland