NOTE: We found the testimony written below on three pieces of paper with my great grandmother’s things. She passed away on January 10th, 2016. She was a faithful woman and we’ve always known that but the testimony below shows just how faithful she was to God. Eternal rest onto her soul. My favorite part was the ending: “It is not where you’re from but where you’re going that counts.” Read on for more.
Marge Hoffman’s testimony at Valley Baptist Church near Baltimore, MD – 5/4/1997
“Good morning, for you who are visitors, I am Marjorie Hoffman. I was born almost 75 years ago in a farm community in south Alabama near the Gulf of Mexico – the nearest town was Bay Minnette and Diane Foster and husband are probably the only ones in the church who know where that is since they came from Pensacola area.
I was saved at age 13; and baptized in a running creek. I am not one to remember much, that’s my daughters job. What I come to say today is that:
I am free.
I am rich.
And it is forever.
I am free according to Romans 6:22 ‘Everyone who accepts God’s gift of forgiveness is set free.’
‘I have been redeemed not by corruptible things but by the precious blood of Jesus.’ (1 Peter 1:18-19)
‘Sin shall not have dominions over me for I am not under law but under grace.’ (Romans 6:14)
I am rich. ‘For God shall supply all of my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ (Phillippians 4:19)
I have never hungry in my life. I was a ‘single parent’ before it was a popular description. God provided me with three jobs to survive and my daughter said ‘I didn’t know we were poor.’
‘I am to be anxious in nothing-but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make my request known to God.’ (Phillippians 4:6)
‘And his piece prevails and guards my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus.’ (Phillipians 4:7)
This is God’s promise and he never fails or goes back on a promise therefore I claim his promise.
I will never die. Jesus said ‘I am the resurrection and life. Those who believe in me even though they die will live and everyone who lives and believes in ME will never die.’ (John 11:25-26)
I have God’s everlasting love as described in Romans 8:38-39 ‘For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
My place of birth, ethnic background, social status, personal achievement and even my church affiliation have no bearing on where I spend eternity. The determining factor is in my faith in Christ as savior from my sin. It is the only way to have our name written in the Lord’s book of life.
It is not where you’re from but where you’re going that counts.”