Monday, May 5, 2014

You Can Tell It

Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well. And . . . the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging [Jesus] that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying,  “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.  (Luke 8:36-39)

I think one of the more miserable lies Satan tells Christians is along the lines of: You don’t know enough about the Bible to tell others of God’s love and the forgiveness through Jesus Christ that is free to anyone who asks.

But to believe Satan’s lie is to make God an impotent creation of our own imagination. If our God is who the Scripture says He is – who created all things both visible and invisible by simply saying, “Let there be . . .”, then surely He is able to do something so simple as to use you and me – even in our temporary ignorance of God’s word – to bring others to faith.

We do not need a theological degree – or even Church ordination – to tell our own story of how Jesus changed our life. But oh, what God can do for others through our story – a story we can then post to Facebook, Google-plus, Linked-in, or any other social network site to which we belong.

So, how can you tell your story? Here is a rough template you might use to tell others about your Jesus:

1. What was your life like before you met Jesus? 
2. How has Jesus changed you?
3. When did you realize you needed to follow Him and be forgiven of your sins?
4. If you were baptized into the Church as an infant, then tell about the time you realized your faith needed to be an ‘adult’ faith, a ‘confirmed’ faith.

5. How has He changed your life circumstances?  Or, if He has not changed your circumstances, how has He helped you cope with those circumstances now?
6. If you could tell others only one thing about your Jesus, what would you wish to tell them?

Pope Francis recently tweeted: God’s love is not generic. He loves every man and women, and He calls them by name.

Christian, God can use your story to help someone else learn of His deep and very personal love for them, whom He knows by name. Will you tell them what great things God has done for you?

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