We live in a fallen world full of sinful people. Bad things happen. But, God wants to walk with us through this life–to His!
Proverbs 24:16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,
Our past, however ugly, is ours; it has shaped us into who we are. The Good News is that Jesus wants to transform us into who we were always meant to be: Ourselves, with Christ as our Savior and Mentor. He wants to use our testimony–who we were before Christ, how we came to Christ and why, and what Christ means to us–to reach others. Our story is our story and God will use our story to reach others. What we need to do is be intentional about sharing our story. How? I’m glad you asked!
1. We need moral authority. In other words, our talk needs to match our walk. Make sure you are walking in step with the Lord.
2. Have your story ready. Write it down; practice it; give it an introduction and a hook (an intriguing aspect that makes the listener want to hear more); have more to share when asked; tell them that Jesus loves them and wants to have a one-on-one relationship with them; if given the opportunity, tell them how!
3. Ask God to give you opportunities to share your story. It typically takes seven exposures to the Gospel before someone makes a decision. Be one of the seven!
I recommend not waiting. Otherwise, we might end up like this:
Proverbs 24:11-12 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
The Apostle Paul knew how to use his circumstances as his testimony:
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened [or, our circumstances were such] that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,
Paul used even the bad times as a testament to God’s power and faithfulness. We can do the same with the experiences in our own lives. Let’s be bearers of His light to a dark world. HE will guide us and speak through us. Trust Him!