Date: Wednesday, July 3
Scripture: Acts 9:19b-22
Verse: and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:20)
I remember times when I wished I had a better story to tell about my conversion to Christianity (see a humorous take on this from comedian Tim Hawkins in the video below). Not many of us have had a “Damascus Road” experience like Saul. While you may be able to point to a particular time when Jesus became your primary relationship, you probably don’t have a period when you were overtly going against the will of God. I would venture to guess many of you who read these devotions were raised in the church. By most people’s standards you have always been a good person.
But you do have a story. Your story. Often times we try to tell someone else’s story when ours would be far more effective. Over the years you have come to realize living for others is far more rewarding than selfish gain. You have felt Jesus give you peace in the midst of panic. You have had inexplicable experiences of healing and strength. You have prayed for your children and seen miraculous turn-arounds. While you cannot explain it all, and may not know enough about the Bible to feel comfortable preaching, you have a story to tell of what Jesus has done for you.
So often the Bible uses the term “witnessing” for sharing the Gospel. I like this term because a witness is not an expert, but rather someone who simply tells what they have seen. This is the story people need to hear. You need not pepper it with Bible verses, or spectacular stories of change. Rather you simply need to tell your story of your relationship with Jesus, what you have seen him do in your life. People need to hear it. What you have witnessed will have a great impact on others.
Prayer: Give me courage, O God, to share the story of what I have seen of you. Amen.
Action: At an appropriate time, share a story of what you have seen Jesus do in your life with someone this week.
Respond: What is your story? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.
Can’t see the video? Watch it on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmu-TCufNoA