'Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story...' Psalm 107:2 NIV
If you’ve been a Christian for more than five minutes, the chances are that speaking out, being real, telling your mates what Jesus has done for you is so scary that perhaps you start avoiding it where you can. It’s hard enough explaining why you don’t want to go to those wild parties anymore, or you don’t want to talk about people behind their backs anymore, without going all out and sharing your testimony. By speaking out, however ‘cool’ you play it, some people will always think you’re a bit weird. Jesus knows this. He faced enough of it Himself.
And yet, Psalm 107:2 says, ‘Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story…’ Why? Because your story is incredibly valuable (and even mentioning that you go to church or believe in God can be sufficient at times to get people intrigued enough to start with). People can argue over the historical evidence for Jesus, or struggle to take the Bible at face value. But it’s more of a stretch to deny what God has done for you personally. For some of your mates, you are the best proof of God’s existence and power. And if you struggle to express this, you certainly aren’t alone. If it is hard for you to tell your story of how Jesus has changed your life, ask God for His help and His courage. Maybe ‘practise’ initially by telling people you trust or speaking to someone you know who is already searching for God.
SoulFood: Rev 10-14, Matt 19:1-12, Ps 136:1-12, Pro 6:30-31
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd