“Amazing Grace,
how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost,
but now I’m found,
was blind but now I see.”

This hymn has withstood the test of time. As many churches and people forget the songs of old– this one sticks. Whether it’s sung in its original melody or remastered for the times, the words hold true. We were saved and transformed by his amazing grace. That is our testimony and our testimony is one of the most powerful tools we hold in a dark world. We were once blind, but now we see.

In John chapter 9 we see a literal example of this song. It starts with Jesus and his disciples coming across a blind man; the disciples began to question him on why this man is blind. Jesus’ answer is simple, “For the glory of God to be revealed.” He then spits on some mud, rubs it on the blind man’s eyes and tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man, and this is important, chooses to trust Christ, does as he is told and BAM he can see. Immediately, people notice they can see the change in him, they are amazed and they ask him “How?” and his reply is a resounding “JESUS!” Amazed, they lead him to the pharisees and we get a different response, they are suspicious they begin to question the man’s theology, they demand proof, they demand answers, they say the man, Jesus, who healed him is a sinner and his response is so powerfully perfect, “I don’t know whether he is a sinner or not. The one thing I do know is that I used to be blind and now I can see.” (John 9:25)

The world can argue with our theology. The world can argue with our faith. The world can argue with the verses in our bible, but what they cannot argue is our testimonies. When you gave your life to Christ, you were one way and now you are another. There is an indisputable before and an after. You were lost and blind; you are found and can see. God, like with the blind man, allowed the circumstances of your past for the glory of His kingdom and that is why it’s so important to share your testimony. The world needs to see that even at our worst, even in our darkest hour, God saved us. They need to see that God has transforming power, that it isn’t just words and rules it’s redemption and renewal.

The Pharisees could not win the argument. They had no weapon against the truth. They were bested by a blind man and it INFURIATED them. In their last attempt to falsify his record they tried to say that Jesus was not a follower of God and they did not know where he came from; again the blind man had the perfect response, “Why this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” The Pharisees, unwilling to concede defeat, casted him out. The best part of this, to me, is the Pharisees were the elite of their time; only the smartest and most dedicated could become one and yet they could not stand against the testimony of the blind man. The testimony of truth.

You have a testimony. God wants you to share it, he ordained it for his glory. I encourage you to examine it. Remember what it was like to be blind- to be lost and rejoice in the site you now have, the map we were given so we never have to be lost again and then share it. It will be a beacon for the lost. It will be indisputable even to the most elite minds of our time. It is a tool God has given you, for His glory, use it.