Last night while watching the Celebration of Gospel the host said “in a moment we are going to have an old-fashioned testimony service.” Later on the camera pans to a clear/glass/piano with the name Charlie Wilson carved into the side. Since I’ve never been to a Gap Band concert I didn’t recognize him. Not only that, I rarely listen to secular music so truth of the matter I really did not know who he was. But by the time it was over I did know one thing and that was that he had at least on one occasion been with God.
Some of my friends and I were talking about the power and impact of his testimony. Last night Charlie Wilson became what some of us should become. He was a witness. He was a witness to the power and faithfulness of God. He is the poster child for what God can do. I was also a little amazed by the individuals that were critical of his “performance.” Sometimes we can be super deep and super saved.
I don’t know if Charlie Wilson is saved or not. After all I have never heard him declare it. All I know is God received the glory out of that testimony. He said he went “from rags to riches, then riches to rags, then from rags to the curb and ended up being homeless.” Then he said, “But I met a man. Who showed me that He was much greater than me?” Charlie Wilson had an encounter with the Man. Charlie Wilson had an encounter with God. When an individual has an encounter with God he will tell the world. Especially when “The Man” deliver you from a demonic forces such as crack and alcoholism.
We all have to work out our own soul salvation with fear and trembling. In other words we have to check ourselves so God doesn’t have to check us. Charlie’s testimony moved me last night. I am so glad that he met The Man!!
Phil 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
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