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Let the water flow

I’ve often listened to amazing testimonies of men and women who have been through life and death situations and mused that my personal testimony is boring compared to theirs.

I’ve never run with a street gang carrying guns and knives. I’ve never been a drug dealer or played drums in a heavy metal band. In fact, my life has been fairly benign in the grand scheme of things.

But I have been blessed with a legacy—a legacy of faith. My great-, great-, great- grandfather became an Adventist preacher in the 1880s. He baptized his father and his grandfather, as well. If I’ve counted correctly, that makes my children ninth-generation Adventists. It’s a gift that’s been passed down from generation to generation.

But I dare not place confidence in my heredity. The Apostle Paul declared, “If others think they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews” (Philippians 3:4, 5).

I could easily claim to be an “Adventist of Adventists.” I suppose that’s a testimony of sorts. But what of it if I’ve never had a personal Damascus Road experience? The gift of my heritage is meaningless if I don’t let God radically change my own heart.

The Dead Sea is lifeless because water flows in and never flows out. The heat of the sun evaporates the water away, leaving salty minerals to build up endlessly. Nothing can live there.

God calls us to be the salt of the earth, but sometimes we’re more like the Dead Sea, hoarding our salt and never sharing it. And then we wonder why we’re spiritually lifeless. It’s a danger we face, regardless of our testimony.

We each have been given a priceless gift. During this season of giving, let’s not forget to share with others the legacy of love that Christ has given us in a continuous, unbroken chain until the Lord returns. Let the water of life flow right on through us...

Mark Bond, editor

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