Often times, we shy away from sharing the Gospel with others. We tend to believe that there is only one way to do this, and usually we feel as if we don't know how to share the Gospel. I know this is true for me. I feel inadequate and I certainly don't want anyone to think I'm a hypocrite because my past is not perfect. I think, sometimes, we just make it difficult when it doesn't have to be. In fact, God does not require us to have a PHD to share His Word. He just calls us to go out and make disciples. But how?
It's easy. Our testimonies.
I love a good story. I absolutely love for people to tell me their story. What makes them, them. What experiences in their life brought them to where they are today. Our stories make us real; they give others something to relate to. Our stories can be powerful. They can be just what someone needs to hear, before taking the next step to following Jesus. All we have to do, is share what God has done for us in our own lives. Share your story. In fact, Jesus calls us to share our stories.
"When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from a cemetery to meet Him.
This man lived among the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain.
Whenever he was put into chains and shackles - as he often was - he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him.
Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.
When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw Him, ran to meet Him, and bowed low before Him.
With a shriek, he screamed, 'Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don't torture me!'
For Jesus had already said to the spirit, 'Come out of the man, you evil spirit.'
Then Jesus demanded, 'What is your name?' And he replied, 'My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.'
Then the evil spirits begged Him again and again not to send them to some distant place.
There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby.
'Send us into those pigs,' the spirits begged. 'Let us enter them.'
So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.
The herdsmen fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what happened.
A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane. and they were all afraid.
Then those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs.
And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with Him.
But Jesus said, 'No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been.'
So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them." ~ Mark 5:2-20
What a story! What a testimony! This man shared what God had done for him, and because He was faithful and obedient to share, those who heard him, were amazed. I have no doubt, that God used this man and his testimony to bring others to Him.
God wants to do the same with our stories. He wants us to share Him, and all His goodness, all His mercy, to others so they can come to know Him personally too. Maybe you feel like your testimony isn't powerful. Maybe it is not quite as dramatic as this man's or maybe you feel it is too dramatic - too embarrassing, too hard - to share. Let me encourage you to share anyway. God will use each of our lives, each of our stories, to bring glory back to Him. All we have to do is share it.
What has God done for you?
What has He brought you out of?
How has He blessed you?
How has He strengthened you?
What trials, struggles and circumstances has He used to bring you closer to Him?
Share these things with others. Share them with those you love, those you serve and those God brings in your path. There is something in each of our continuing stories, that God will use to draw others to Him. Don't hesitate! Just share Jesus!
"But Jesus said, 'No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been.'" ~ Mark 5:19
Tell them everything God has done for you, Sweet Sister, and how merciful He has been!
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For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.