The best defense is your own story. A person can refute facts, but your own personal story is unimpeachable.
5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
When we give our testimony of how we met the Lord, we are stating three Spirit-useable facts:
- How we were before we met Christ.
- How we met Christ.
- How we are now that we know Christ.
The Gospel is wrapped up in these facts. It’s our account of how the Gospel came to us. We needed the Good News; someone shared it with us; we came to Christ; He came into our hearts and lives; we walk with Him in His love, joy, peace, security, and grace. The Holy Spirit will use your testimony in that person’s life. We pray that it will be unto salvation in this life (if not, then it’s toward his conviction at judgement).
Be thinking about how you would share your testimony. If someone expresses fear, we can share about how walking with Jesus neutralizes our fear of death. If someone expresses disgust with politics, some of you who used to get upset can share about how God raises up kingdoms and brings down leaders according to His plan for history (His story), of which we are a part. You can even share that you are not rattled by all the discord because God is still on His throne, which includes the throne of your heart. There’s your lead-in…
It’s not as hard as one might think; it simply takes intentional forethought and deliberate “coincidences” that put you in places to be able to tell your story. I promise that the more we do it, the better at it we will get.
It goes without saying–but, I’ll say it anyway–that we must be prayed up and read up in order to have any power behind our stories. Lost people can spot weakness really quick. Whether it’s hypocrisy or spiritual weakness, we don’t want to go there. That’s why being at church this morning is really good for us. It gets our week off to a good start. “See” you there.
Abba, may You call us to hone our stories and then give us opportunities to share them. May You use our stories to call someone to Yourself. It’s this beggar showing another beggar where to find bread–the Bread of Heaven!
Looking forward to worshiping with my brothers and sisters today, LORD. Inhabit the praises of Your people. Amen.