Note: This is the 4th “guest columnist” that BrOOKS-of-WISDOM has posted. It is the personal testimony of author, Mickey Burriss, a Columbia, SC resident, retired Electrical Contractor, Retired Magistrate, and Retired Member of the SC House. Mickey is married to Joyce Crosby Burriss, and has two sons, Tommy and Hank Burriss. Mickey is an accomplished, and often published, writer of Southern Historical Fiction; a fine Christian, a Southern Gentleman, and my very best friend of 58 years. I know you will enjoy Mickey’s testimony. ….cjlb…1/29/14
Four years ago I turned from a way of life that was 73 years old, repented of my sins and gave myself to Christ. Having always heard… salvation is a life-changing experience gave me decades of pause for fear of the disruption to my life. I expected Jesus to flip my life upside but I found loving Jesus does not require one to become cloistered. Jesus turns your heart upside down and opens your eyes to the truth in ways that bring joy to your heart. Those who are saved do not have to wait until their resurrection for the joy of Salvation, as knowing Jesus produces immediate joy. God is real and after being born again, God confirms Himself to you. This joy is available only to those who accept Jesus as their Savior. The joy of God only lives in his children. Jesus says it best in JOHN 8:47, KJV – He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. And again in JOHN 10:26-28 – But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. I heard them not for seventy three years.
In JOHN 17:15 KJV Jesus prays for his disciples and at verse twenty he prays for us. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Here Jesus prays for God to become my Father, as God is His Father. There is no greater joy than having the most powerful force in the universe as your Father. Now, when I pray, I am talking to my Father, and it’s a joy being His son.
An auto dealer often says, “Don’t wait…experience it now.” Jesus Christ’s Salvation also provides immediate joy. It is my joy to write about loving Jesus; my joy telling of Jesus’ love for me and my love for Him. An old hymn speaks truth, “I Love to tell the Story of Jesus and his Love.”
Mickey Burriss 1-29-2014