What’s Your Story? (Growing Part 2)
Do you consider yourself an evangelist? Most of us would probably say “No” – including me. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as having a specific gift of evangelism – we don’t feel we have any particular charisma in speaking about God, we don’t feel we possess a special ability to speak God’s truth, and if we’re honest – most of us might say the thought of personal evangelism makes us uncomfortable. Does that sound like you? It sure sounds like me.
And that’s OK. Each believer in Christ is uniquely gifted in the Spirit, and most of us have not received the spiritual gift of evangelism.
But if you are a Christ-one I GUARANTEE that you have a story to tell. Has your interaction with Jesus been transformational or miraculous in your life? What’s your story?
Did the things of this world leave you hungry and unsatisfied like the people in John 6, and Jesus gave you the bread of life? Was your life being tossed around like the storms in Mark 4 to the point where you felt like you were drowning, and Jesus taught you to put your trust in Him? Were you blind like the man in John 9 and Jesus opened your eyes so you could see truth? Or maybe you were dead like Lazarus in John 11 and Jesus called you out of the grave you were in to new life in Him?
You don’t need a gift of evangelism to tell your own personal story. How has Jesus transformed your life? The people who encountered Jesus in the examples I listed above couldn’t help but to run out and tell everybody they met about what Jesus had done in their lives. You have a story to tell – let your light shine! (Matthew 5:16)
Peter exhorts us – both evangelists and non-evangelists alike: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).
Church family – if we are to be livingWATERS to our community, we MUST tell our stories of the life we have found in Jesus! You may not consider yourself an evangelist, but who could the Holy Spirit bless if you told them your Christ story?
A teacher instructs her class to draw a picture of a famous person. Little Susie really takes up the task enthusiastically, so the teacher walks over to see Susie’s creation.
“Who are you drawing?” the teacher asks curiously.
“I’m drawing a picture of God,” Susie boldly declares without looking up from her work.
Astounded, the teacher stammers “But… nobody knows what God looks like…”
“They will in a minute!” exclaims Susie.
What picture of God can you illustrate for others? What’s YOUR story?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
P.S. – the EASIEST way to take the first step is to invite neighbors to Vacation Bible School! Talk to your neighbors and come join us this Wednesday evening, 7/25 at 6:30pm, as we get the word out to our surrounding neighborhoods.