The drunk who has been marvelously delivered from alcoholism by the power of Christ certainly has a testimony. But so does the Christian who by the same power of Christ has never even tasted alcohol. The adulterer who cheated on his wife, gave his life to Christ, and saw his marriage restored certainly has a testimony. But so does the Christian who has been married for thirty years and has never once been unfaithful to his wife. Do you see what I’m getting at?
In the realm of the church there has long been a tendency to marvel at those who have been forgiven and restored of sins that we deem uncommonly serious, even scandalous. These are the “exciting” and “interesting” Christians. All the while there has been a parallel tendency to yawn at those Christians whose lives have been marked by decade after decade of consistent holy living. It’s a shame, really, that we so take for granted these who are every bit as much “trophies” of God’s grace as those who have sinned spectacularly and been redeemed.
So I guess you can take this post as a call for you to show some highly consistent Christian just how much you appreciate them. Walk up to the person and tell them by way of a conversation. Send them a card or an email. You could even write them a letter. You can’t realize how much such a thing would mean to that person. We are so thankful for the likes of Moses, David, and Saul, murderers who found forgiveness and were mighty servants of God. But let’s also remember to be thankful for the likes of Joseph, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and John, men who served God just as mightily without the unnecessary baggage of such sin.