I was asked to write my testimony, and I have to say I was nervous. What could I say that would be of interest to you? What would make you stop and think about where your life is heading? After all, I don’t know anything about you, about the suffering, pain, and grief in your life, but I can tell you about my life and what I have found to be true. As a child I had to struggle with losing my sight, then have the joy of regaining it for a while, only to go through the heartbreak of having to live with a severe corneal rejection process which may eventually result in me losing my sight completely. As a young woman of 22, I had to go through the experience of having a very close friend die in my arms. And for the past fifteen years I have been living each day of my life with a debilitating neurological condition that the doctors don’t understand and for which there seems to be no cure.
When I tell you that Jesus has made a real difference in my life, that he has given me purpose, believe it! The first thing he did was to help me understand why there is suffering in the world. The plain truth is that we all suffer because we are descended from Adam and Eve, and when they rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden it had consequences for us all. That may seem unfair, but that’s the way it is, and on our own there’s nothing you or I can do about it. The second and even more amazing thing Jesus did for me was to open my eyes to see who he really is and what he did when he came to earth. The fact that he didn’t carry the ancestral genes of Adam and Eve meant that he shouldn’t have suffered, and yet how he suffered! He was flogged, nailed on the cross, and had the wrath of God poured out on him. Why? So that those who believe in him would not experience God’s wrath but live for eternity!
My purpose in life is easy – to tell you who Jesus is and the purpose in life he can give you! “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5 verse 24. Will you think about it?