I would like to share with you the story of the testimony stick. The testimony stick is a sort of story stick with a Native American heritage. The Native Americans often used a stick that was passed around the campfire to take turns telling a story about a hunt or to share their thoughts or opinion on something. Years ago I created a stick to use at youth camps to do a similar task but also to use as a way to share the gospel. It became known as the testimony stick. So a couple of years ago I got the idea to put this to use on a walking stick. Recently I even made a cane with the same idea in mind. So I thought I would share it with you.
The Testimony Stick by Dulcimer Jim
The top of the stick has an Eagle carved on it. It’s not necessary, the stick we used in the camps didn’t have an Eagle, but it makes a nice handle and I like to start off with Isaiah 40:31.
Isaiah 40:31, Those who put there hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar as on the wings of eagles, they shall not grow weary. We think of the eagle as a symbol of freedom. This eagle on the top of my staff reminds me of the true freedom I have because of my trust in the Lord.
Below the eagle you will find a carved black bead. The black bead represents my sin. The word of God says in Romans 3:23 That everyone of us have sinned and fall-in short of the Glory of God. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of that sin is the shedding of blood and death.
But! The gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ. Because it tells us in Romans 5:8 that even though we were shameful sinners, God loved us so much that He sent His son Jesus to suffer, shed His blood, and ultimately die on the cross, in our place, for our sins.
The red bead is the reminder of the cost that Jesus paid. Ephesians 1:7 tells us that in Jesus Christ we have redemption, through His blood we have the forgiveness of our sins.
The cross, is a reminder of where that debt we owed was paid. And because of the sacrifice, the pain, the humiliation, Jesus suffered in our place, our sin according to Isaiah 1:18 is washed white as snow.
That is what the white bead represents.
Below the red bead there are what appears to some folks odd markings. But if you look real close you can make out letters that spell Jesus. Jesus is not hard to find. The bible tells us in Revelations 3:20 that Jesus stands at the door and knocks. You need only to open your heart and let Him in.
Just a simple tool I use to share the gospel. It’s a stick of wood, just like that tree Jesus was nailed to. It holds no power and neither did the cross. It is just a reminder of who really holds the power and what God is willing to do for us. Seek a relationship with God. Read His word, pray to Him, find a good church where you can learn His ways. Contact us if we can help. Want a testimony stick or help with the cost of making them? Let us know. Do you have one of our testimony sticks and have stories to share about it? We would love to hear from you. You can reach us at; firstname.lastname@example.org
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