Say So

Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. —Hebrews 13:15

Mel Trotter was a drunken barber whose salvation not only turned his own life around but also changed thousands of others. He was saved in 1897 in Chicago at the Pacific Garden Mission, and not long afterward was named director of the City Rescue Mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Thirty-five years later, at a meeting at the mission, Mel Trotter was conducting “Say-So” time. He asked people in the crowd to testify how Jesus had saved them. That night, a 14-year-old boy stood up and said simply, “I’m glad Jesus saved me. Amen.” Trotter remarked, “That’s the finest testimony I ever heard.” Encouraged by those words from such an important leader, that teenager, Mel Johnson, went on to become a Christian leader in his own right.

Young Mel was encouraged to say so, and he did. Six little words, followed by an encouraging comment. A testimony and an affirmation led to a life of service for God.

Let’s look for opportunities to offer “the fruit of our lips,” to tell others that Jesus is Lord and that He saved us. Tell your own salvation story, and ask others to share theirs as well—as a “sacrifice of praise to God” (Hebrews 13:15). Whether we are children, teens, or adults, we who belong to Jesus Christ need to stand up and “say so.”

Dave Branon

Tell me the story of Jesus,
  Write on my heart every word;
  Tell me the story most precious,
  Sweetest that ever was heard!


The more you love Jesus, the more you’ll talk about Him.

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