From Bass Guitar to Shofar
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.
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