"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." - 1 Corinthians 3:6

It's my second to last week with my small group. 

Today we are discussing our testimonies. 

I demonstrate a very simple testimony, maybe only 5 sentences.

What was my life before Jesus
What was my life when I encountered Jesus 
What is my life after I've confessed Jesus as Lord? 

It's just to get them thinking, and hopefully understanding their faith more. 

As they break off to start crafting their testimony, I begin to start rejoicing and thanking God for my time here.

The growth that God has caused in my life has been incredible

And then I hear one of the testimonies. 

He proceeds to inform the entire group about how he always used to go to the temple, and try to make merit.

How he always wanted to make more and more merit, but he was also confused because Buddhism doesn't provide a way to get rid of sin.

And when he heard the story of Jesus he was fascinated, because he had never heard something like this. So he began to study the Bible.

Many things, he did not understand, but he continued to study, and then he came to Ephesians 2:8.

To use his own words here, he said "This is the verse God used to open my heart."

I'd like to know how often Paul felt dumbstruck.

As this young man is giving his testimony, I'm honestly only thinking about who he was when I first met him.

He was incredibly quiet, and incredibly shy. 
I rarely knew if he understood what I was saying, or if he was even interested. 

and the man I'm looking at today is demonstrating a confident understanding of  God that I would've been incredibly jealous of if I was 16. 

I'm looking at a different person.

And it isn't because of me. 

I don't even know if I'd consider anything that I did out here watering or planting if I compare myself to Paul.

But this kid has grown. 

God has seen to that.

And it leaves me excited, and no longer fearful for his future

or mine.

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