Paul says this about himself,
“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Cor 9:22 (KJV)
What I am about to share here is a bit revealing, and definitely no pun intended, but it goes to demonstrate the power of God unto salvation. It has been my experience God has used me for the witness and comfort of others who are undergoing, have undergone, certain experiences in their lives, and, again, like Paul,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 (KJV)
And what good is having had an experience if one does not use it for a witness, for it is by our witness,
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Rev 12:11 (KJV)
In speaking with a friend who God has brought into my path to share with them my faith and belief, it is not unusual to mention those dark days of one’s life. Often we feel shame and continue to keep in the dark those secrets which, believe or not, the devil continues to hold against us and will use against us to keep us down. I’ve learned not to withhold ANYTHING, I repeat, ANY good thing God has done for me.
This particular person mentioned in their deepest and darkest moments of life they were a “dancer”. Well, this could imply many things, “ballroom, casual or even Soul Train!” But, I asked the obvious question, “What type?” Believing in my heart knowing what she would say, and preparing myself to unleash my own history, and whatever strength, courage, and believing in the friend she’s found now, in me, it meant having to admit to having been a stripper, to which, I replied, “Me, too!”
When people confess, to me, they’ve been a drug addict, I know and understand, because I was one. When people confess, to me, they’ve been in prison or jail, I know and understand, because I was one. When people confess, to me, about a list of things, God has allowed my life to share in what they’ve gone through, so these words, “I know and I understand, because I was one” to be heard which lightens the moment, bringing a kinship which permits further witnessing and this is important.
There are many people with whom you might meet and you can tell them you jumped off the World Trade Tower and they’ll tell you the story they jumped off the tower in Dubai! They just cannot be beaten for storytelling, but when one “admits” to something which is shameful, degrading and not a happy period of their life, and when they hear the words, “I know and I understand, because I was one” opens the door for a familial development, and love.
We must keep in mind that oft-heard familiar text Paul wrote,
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (KJV)
God has the great ability to take what we are caught up in and make it turn out for somebody’s good, as well as for our own. Little did I ever think, when performing, it would go to benefit of someone else many years down the road, but it does and it did.
May 23, 2015