Today, June 15th, marks the 20th anniversary of getting baptized and committing my life to Jesus. The following story is how I went from bass guitar to shofar.
I grew up with a love for music. I would spend hours at my local record store. Before graduating high school, I was playing bass guitar for a rock band in the night clubs of downtown Atlanta. We recorded albums and our music was played on college radio stations. As well as playing music, I started making and selling musical instruments like Didgeridoos. Music was my life, and I didn’t have any room for God.
While working for an audio & video company that provided space for a cable access show, I met my wife who came in as an intern for the show. We hit it off very quickly and through a series of events she helped me become a believer in Jesus.
A few days after making my profession of faith and getting baptized on Father’s Day 2003, I opened the Bible and started reading the book of Ephesians. For the first time in my life the words of the Bible were alive and active, speaking to my spirit and soul like nothing I had ever experienced. I realized that something had changed within me and now I know it’s what Jesus spoke of in John chapter 3 when He said, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”. He has filled me with the Holy Spirit and has given me a burning passion for Him. I have received forgiveness for my sins and have been brought into a relationship with the creator of heaven and earth. The words and instructions of the Bible are alive to me. No longer are they black and white words on a page but words of living color as they now speak to my spirit and soul. Transforming my thoughts and actions in a way that can only be supernatural. Showing me how-to walk-in holiness and show love to others. No longer bound by unforgiveness, bitterness, addictions, or ungodly attitudes. Not only I, but untold millions of others have experienced personal revelation from God’s word after believing that Jesus died on a cross to pay the price for their sins and rose from the dead on the third day so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life and escape the judgment of hell.
After surrendering my life to Jesus, God gave me a passion to share His message with others. The Shofar has become a great witnessing tool for me. After hearing stories of American missionaries sharing the Gospel in other countries by using musical instruments to gather crowds in public settings, I felt that God was telling me to use the Shofar for evangelism. This ancient Jewish instrument is a perfect conversation starter. I sound the Shofar, and as people take interest, I share its history and how it relates to Jesus. By using this tool, I have been able to share the Gospel with a multitude of people with diverse backgrounds. Almost everyone loves to hear the trumpet blast of the Shofar.
Now that I have been walking with Jesus for 20 years, I can say with extreme confidence, there is nothing in this world that compares to knowing God and following Him. I’ve experienced supernatural events that can only be the hand of God. I’ve seen His supernatural provision and healing. I’ve heard the testimonies of countless others that verify what the Holy Scriptures say and what I have experienced.
It is my desire for you and everyone who reads this post to experience the transforming power and love that comes from a life devoted to Jesus.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2Corinthians 5:17
Before devoting my life to Jesus I was an avid music lover. By the age of 18 I was a heavy metal bass guitarist playing in Atlanta night clubs. After surrendering my life to Jesus, getting baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, God made it clear to me that I had made music an idol in my life. I looked at my wall full of CD’s and knew that I had loved listening and making music more than I had loved Him. Within a few days of wrestling with this issue I did what I knew had to be done with idols and I threw away about 500 music CD’s. Then I started to sell or give away my musical equipment. It was a wonderful and freeing experience and another important act of obedience for me. Almost as soon as He told me to lay aside music He gave me a passion for evangelism.
I started out by telling just about anyone who would listen to me that I was now a follower of Jesus and how great the Bible is. Then I started sharing my written testimony with people. After getting on Facebook I realized it was the perfect place to share my testimony with as many friends as possible. Since getting on Facebook God has given me many ideas for Gospel tracts to share in person or electronically.
Which brings me to the story of the Shofar. As my family started getting interested in the Jewish roots of our faith we decided to go visit a local messianic congregation. These Jewish believers in Jesus were on fire for God and were blowing Shofars during praise and worship. We loved the service and they invited us to stay for lunch. My son Rex discovered that we could purchase Shofars there and Tina was prompted by the Lord to buy one for me that day as a gift for my birthday. After hearing stories of American missionaries sharing the Gospel in other countries by using musical instruments to gather crowds in public settings I felt that God was telling me that the Shofar is unique enough to get the attention of people and would be a great conversation starter. I don’t use the Shofar as a musical instrument but as a call for people to turn to God. Since blowing the Shofar in public God has allowed the Gospel to be shared with a multitude of people.
It’s my prayer to know God’s truth, walk in His truth and share His truth with others. Please pray about how God can use your unique personality or abilities to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus.
Follower of Jesus