The blind man in John Chapter 9 reminds me of many mountain folks I know. His words were simple, few, to the point, and powerful. We at Brevard Community have been "asked" to write out our testimonies. Some folks have become anxious and have fretted over this. This man was born blind and Jesus had given him sight. I believe this provides us with a great example as he tells how Jesus opened his eyes. Here are the points of the simple outline the church has provided to help us write our salvation story: my life before Christ, how I realized I needed Christ, how I committed my life to Christ, and the difference Christ has made in my life. These are all covered as he tells his story of receiving his sight.
His life before he met Jesus was obvious. He was blind as he states in verse 25, "One thing I do know, that I was blind." He also talks about his hopeless condition (his need) in verse 32, "Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind." He describes the event of gaining his sight (believing Jesus) in verse 11, "The Man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and received my sight." For the difference Jesus made in his life we go back to verse 25. "One thing I know, I once was blind but now I see.” What a simple story of how Jesus changed a man's life! Simple yet powerful as it gave evidence of the power of Jesus every time he told it. It affected the man's family, those who had known him from birth, and the religious rulers of the day. And none of these people could refute the power of God, which was demonstrated in this man's life.
Although this is not the blind man's salvation story, it certainly gives us an easy example to follow in writing ours. He becomes a Christ-follower at his second meeting with Jesus. The man was thrown out of the synagogue (church) for giving Jesus glory for giving him his sight. Jesus then came to him and asked the man who could now see a simple question in verse 35, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" The man then asked a question that I believe millions of people around the world are asking today. He asked in verse 36 "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" Jesus said to him in verse 37, "You have both seen him, and He is the One who is talking with you." The man said in verse 38, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped Him! That's when the man born blind was spiritually born!
In writing your testimony, don't make it harder than it should be. In most cases, we could sum our story up much like the blind man did in his story of receiving his sight. We knew we had a need, we knew we couldn't meet our need, and we came to realize that Jesus was the only One who could meet that need. Then we believed and allowed Him to change our lives as we committed to follow Him.
Our testimony is powerful because it points to the Presence of an all Powerful Savior in our lives. Our testimony is one of the most effective tools we have in sharing the Gospel because it gives visible evidence of the power of the Gospel. When we learn to share our simple testimony then we are able to answer that question the millions are asking, "Who is this powerful Savior that I may believe?"
God bless you as you write out your simple but powerful story giving glory to Christ, our Savior.
To submit your testimony visit our website at brevardcommunity.org and click on My Testimony on the right hand side or pick up a form in the rear of the worship center.