By Kyle Patterson
Your story needs to be heard.
You have something others need to hear. Sharing your faith journey is one of the most powerful and loving things we can do for others. Here's the thing, it's your story and no one can argue with it.
Bring up doctrine, theology or philosophy and you could argue for hours on end.
Share your story and it's a different outcome all together. Our story opens up dialog and opportunity to build a relationship.
You may have grown up in the faith and never had a dramatic conversion experience, yet God's protection guided you to where you are today. Or maybe God delivered you from a life of sin and dramatically changed your life. Either way, you have a story to tell and it needs to be heard.
1 Corinthians 6:15 says, Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.
Paul is saying to the Corinthian church that the Christian walk isn't about arguments over trivial matters, it's becoming new in Christ. We're all born sinners in need of a Savior. Whether that is in the context of a Christian family or not, we all need God's grace.
Your story isn't theory.
It's not intellectual agreement with a set of doctrines.
It's a changed life, something deep within the heart of a believer, something of greater worth than gold that can't be taken away.
It's why martyrs throughout history have given their very lives for Him. It's a relationship of the heart that can't be taken away.
Here are 4 keys reasons to be active in sharing our story with others.
It's how we overcome. The book of Revelation teaches us that it's by maintaining our testimony for Jesus and the power of his blood that we overcome the works of the enemy. When you share your story you are releasing the light and love of God into the atmosphere.
It's your story. Who can argue with your personal experience? I love the quote, who you are speaks so loud I can't hear what you are saying. Our story is more than words, it has to become who we are.
You're planting seeds. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 says,
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Whether or not the friend you are sharing with begins a faith journey or not is out of your hands. You are planting seeds. Leave the outcomes up to the Lord.
You're expressing love for Christ. Our love is expressed in our obedience to Christ in spreading his love to this world. When we truly understand the depths of the love of God it is only natural to want to share it with others.
What are some of the roadblocks to sharing your story with others? How are you working to overcome them and share your faith with others?