Today's Devotional Thought
February 22, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
When I was in Romania on a mission trip a few years ago, I had the privilege of spending time in small villages telling people about Jesus. And, when we went around the villages talking to people, I was amazed to see how many people had never heard Jesus' name. And, when we told them about Jesus and shared the story of how he died for us and how he rose in victory, so many were captivated. It was a story they had never heard before and they were eager to learn more about this man who came to die for us.
I haven't found the same reaction in the United States. In fact, I actually think we have a little bit of "Jesus fatigue" in our country. You see, the name Jesus is fairly well known in the U.S. and even the story of His resurrection seems to be well known by many. And, I am finding that people here (those who have heard about Him before) aren't nearly as captivated by the story of his resurrection as the people in Romania were.
But what I have found is people seem interested in hearing about my Jesus when I tell them why he's mine.
When I start telling them how he has truly affected my life.
In our society, people seem to be more drawn to Christ when they can hear and see how He's worked in someone's life. And when they meet Him in our stories, Jesus becomes real and someone they desire to know more about.
What that means is that our best witnessing tool is our own autobiographies. Simply telling others our life story and revealing how we have experienced God makes Jesus real and important to those around us. It provides them with a new salvation message beyond what they have already heard and it is a message that they can't argue with. How can someone dispute the following salvation message: "This is my life, this is how God personally worked in it, and this is why I know Jesus is real?" They may try to argue Biblical facts and figures with you, but they really can't argue with you about your passion over how Jesus has revealed Himself to you in your life.
Using your story as a salvation message is so exciting. It is a novel approach to sharing Jesus with others and it is a story that you know well because it is your own. And as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, your life is a letter that Jesus Christ wrote that reveals Himself. You should share that letter with others.
Pray today that God would send people into your daily life that need to hear your story. And, be prepared to tell your story to others when they ask or when God opens the door for you to start sharing. Strive to reach others for Christ using the best salvation message that you have: your salvatio message. Your life story.