Day 37: Sharing Your Life Message – 40 Days of Purpose-Driven Life

Purpose #5: You Were Made for a Mission

Point to Ponder: God wants to say something to the world through me.

Verse to Remember: “Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect.” — I Peter 3:15b-16 (TEV)

Question to Consider: As I reflect on my personal story, who does God want me to share it with?

[Read More] thoughts on Day 37 of Rick Warren‘s Purpose-Driven Life* including my testimony.

When I first saw the term “Life Message”, I assumed that Rick was just using a fancy term for “testimony.” However, he actually uses it much more broadly, to include:

* “Your testimony: the story of how you began a relationship with Jesus”
* “Your life lessons: the most important lessons God has taught you”
* “Your godly passions: the issues God shaped you to care about most”
* “The Good News: the message of salvation”

He also mention we “have many other testimonies besides [our] salvation story.” In many ways, this entire blog (and its companion Geekz2Men list) is a testimony to what God has done — and is doing — in my life. Some other online testimonies I’ve written are:

* Unforgiven: a dramatized testimony of forgiveness, in three persons
* Ernie’s Far East Tour: the story of my first ‘adult’ trip back to India and environs, in 1992
* The Miracle of Ernie’s Engagement: how I met my wife, in 1999

However, as far as I can tell, I’ve never posted my actual salvation story. Let me remedy that today by posting my testimony here. Even though I probably wrote it a decade ago — and the main events happened 25 years ago — it is just as true today as it was then:

I won’t say that my life is perfect, or that I understand everything about God and the Bible. I just know what I was, what I am, and what I am becoming. And that I owe all of that to a God who loves me and has the power to save me from myself, and make me into His image, His son. That is why I am Christian.

Amen. May it be so forevermore!

Prayer: God, I thank you for the amazing things you’ve done in my life over the decades. Forgive me for losing sight of all that you’ve done for me, of the depths of sin and the even greater depths of your grace. May my life continue to be a testimony to You, and You alone. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.