Four chapters ago we saw the power of resurrection and new life. In today’s Scripture we see how God uses the testimony of that resurrection and new life well beyond the initial life change. The prophet Elisha warned the Shunammite woman and her family that a famine was coming to sojourn somewhere for 7 years. The woman and her family did so immediately. 7 years later the king is having a conversation with Elisha’s servant about all of the great things God did with Elijah in including the resurrection of the Shunammite woman’s son. All of a sudden the woman and her son appears before them to request her house and land back after staying in the land of the philistines for several years.
It’s amazing how God can use a testimony of salvation and new life well beyond the experience and we need to remember that God wants to use our stories of new life today. Many people can’t wait to tell about their life change with Jesus when it first happens, as they should. However what happens years later when that newfound passion and zeal wears off or when we’re going through a hard time? It was seven years that the Shunammite woman had to get up, leave all that she knew and live in an uncomfortable living environment before returning back not knowing if she could even get her home and land back. However people are still talking about her son’s miraculous resurrection and the power of new life when she returns and God uses it to affirm them of what He has done in the past and blessed her with her home and land again.
God still wants to use our testimonies of life change and the power of Jesus’ resurrection in others lives today. Maybe you’ve been going through a season of sojourning or you have just lost that original joy you received in salvation. However God is not through with you. The apostle Paul shared his testimony until the day he was beheaded and we need to share ours until the day we die. People yearn for and need that life change and CPC we are living proof of it by the blood of Jesus.
Who can you share your story of life change with this week?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor