I was making a purchase the other day, and as they handed me the receipt, the store clerk called my attention to a survey link at the bottom of the receipt that they would like me to fill out online. The survey was to share my impressions of my shopping experience, and hopefully give a favorable report. Has that ever happened to you? People wanting your input, the impressions from your experience? Disney goes to great lengths to get their guest’s (aka customer’s) insights, according to the Disney Institute’s book Be Our Guest. The book explains the power of a guest’s experience and how important it is for their organization to listen to the people who come to enjoy their entertainment. Walt Disney was quoted in the book (p. 33) making it clear: “You don’t build it for yourself. You know what people want, and you build it for them.” This is the power of experience. This is one of the reasons why, all over the Disney resorts, there are surveyors asking, “a few quick questions.” Experiences are powerful and they are the reason why there are surveys, questionnaires, and testimonies.
Learning from another’s experience is one of the ways to get our game on and grow in life. See, God’s desire for us in our own personal game of life is that we would grow in faith.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
As we grow, it’s helpful to hear and learn from others’ experience. The Bible is packed full of stories of peoples’ faith experience. Like in 1 Samuel 17:1-58 where, David, a lowly shepherd boy, faces the giant Goliath and actually triumphs! What an incredible testimony of trust in God. David’s experience is powerful as it inspires us to face our giants. The experience of Daniel in Daniel 6:1-27 is also powerful. Daniel faced unjust treatment from others due to his faith and was thrown in a lion’s den to face certain death, yet God miraculously spared his life. Now, God does not always hold back suffering and pain, yet Daniel’s story is a great testimony of hope in God.
There is also another great story of the power of experience found in John 9:1-41 where Jesus heals a man who was born blind. To the amazement of family and those who knew this man, it was incredible. No one had ever performed a miracle like this and, to the religious leaders who were trying to discredit Jesus, this was an unmistakable verification of Jesus being the long awaited Messiah (Christ). In seeking to find some nuance to diffuse the power of this experience, these religious leaders questioned the blind man. The blind man’s testimony was undeniable.
John 9:24-25 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner (speaking of Jesus trying to discredit Jesus).” He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Wow! What power in this once-blind man’s experience: powerful for the once-blind man, powerful to those around him, and powerful for us to read about.
I know I first was introduced to faith through the testimony of my friend. I saw how Jesus had made a difference in his life and thought Jesus could make a difference in my life as well. Now my own personal experience has continued to be powerful in my own life as I continue to grow in knowing God more and seeking to live life His way. What about you?
Church can be a great environment, not only to learn of others’ amazing faith experiences, but also to grow in our own experience. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. We are continuing a new series walking through the Bible book of John called “Game On – The Thrill of Taking Life to the Next Level.” Our website has all the information you would need: www.cypresschurch.net. We would love to learn from your life experiences.
Seeking to grow though the power of experience along with you,