By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

What if ....
The prodigal son based his response to coming home on the older brother's response? What if the older brother's absence at the celebration took such effect on him that he, himself, left the celebration and returned to his former way of life?
What if shame would have been the guiding force of his life?
(Luke 15:11-32)

What if ...
The blind beggar's response to the demands of others to "be quiet" would have been heeded, while Jesus passed by? What if his mouth would've turned mute and fear of the "unseen" crowds had caused him to be silent?
What if shame would have been the guiding force of his life?
(Luke 18:35-43)

What if ...
The scandalous woman's response to the whispers and snickers of a few men and a "Simon" would have been her undoing?  What if she would've picked herself up, grabbed the oil, and shot out the door with not a single look back?
What if shame would have been the guiding force of her life?
(Luke 7:36-50)
What if shame would have been the guiding force of each of these lives?
Hmmm ...
We wouldn't have a testimony.
Each individual in our story was encumbered with a life or an experience of shame.
Shame had to be overcome in order for a miracle to happen ...
And it was.

Each of these courageous individuals crossed over the line of shame and into the peripheral of hopeful possibility because Jesus became their focal point.
Fixed on the reality of Jesus, they forged ahead.
Those who tried to silence them only buoyed them up more and:
But not surprisingly ...
Jesus does something amazing and each of these individuals is catapulted into an unspeakable, unshakeable, unmistakeable, unforgettable experience with Him.
God be praised for the testomonies of these individuals:
-The prodigal is blessed with a celebratory feast, adorned with a robe, and sealed with a ring.
-The blind man's life is restored, his vision is recovered, his begging days are over, and a glorious testimony follows him everywhere.
-The scandalous woman is forgiven, her worship is held in high esteem, her ability to love is outstanding, and her intimacy with Christ is off the charts.
We have to love what Christ can do, my friend.
He's just so beautiful ...
What brought "you" to this site is anyone's guess but it is believed this "one" is for you.
Linger on the reality of Christ's love for you,
His death for you,
His desire for you.
Resist the urge to heed the voice of shame ... and make Christ your focal point.
Everything changes when you make it to Him.
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away,
Behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17