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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Learning To Tell Others My Great God Story

In review of Acts 1:8 it says, “You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.”

Bottom Line:
You will become his witnesses, telling others about him, everywhere in the world.

What this means to me:
Through the power of the the Holy Spirit within me, I am to be his witness, telling and sharing all I know about him everywhere I go.

The most effective way I can let others know about the great things that God can do in their lives is to tell them the story of what God has done in my life. That is what makes a difference.

Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere” (NLT). The word “witness” brings to mind a courtroom. It’s a great example of what God’s asking me to do to make a difference in the world. He doesn’t tell me to be the attorney, arguing the case. He doesn’t tell me to be the judge, judging other people. He simply wants me to be his witnesses.

What does a witness do? A witness just says, “Here’s what I’ve seen. Here’s what I heard.” A witness would just tell others the story of what God’s done in their life.

Friends don’t keep good news from other friends. I need to tell them the good news of what God has done in my life so that it can make an eternal difference in theirs.

Rick Warren points out a simple action step in order to get started: “Write out your story, and share it with your small group. Start sharing with the people that are close to you so you can get some practice. Then, God will give you the opportunity to share your story with someone who needs to hear the Good News.”

Come and listen … and I will tell you what [God] has done for me” (Psalm 66:16 TEV).

It always seems scary sharing my story with others. What if they think I’m a complete idiot? What if they talk about me and share negative things about me with others? What if they never talk to me again?

The great reminder here is that I’m not asked to be an attorney or a judge. I simply need to just tell everyone how following Jesus and having a intimate relationship with God has changed my life. I only need to say, “here’s what’s happened to me.”

Today I will consider writing down my story to help me organize my thoughts so that I can clearly and quickly explain it.  I will also start to consider who in my life needs to hear about what God has done for me.