So the other day, I was cleaning out my desk. I came across a photo album with pictures from my first mission trip and in the back of the album was a couple pieces of paper that read…”Devotion-March 8, 1992. Seriously…20 stinkin’ years ago! (yeah..go ahead and do the math. I’ll wait…)
Ok. We’re back!
I wanted to share this devotional in its entireity with you guys. (I think this may have been more of a sermon that I shared on a Wed. night…I really can’t remember). Its as is. So, no making fun of grammar mistakes. (I was 15!) And no arguing about theological issues or my Christianeese. (I was 15 and just knew what was in my heart) But seriously, I love how my former self is convicting and challenging my present self. Ok, here we go!
I’m going to start by talking about the concert of prayer, Thursday. I wish you all could have gone to it. It was the neatest experience that this area has had. I don’t think anyone could have left without being spirit filled. Part of the time we were in prayer groups of three’s. One thing that we did was tell the others in our group about a need that we had in our life. In my group we all had basically the same need. “We need to witness better.” “What do we say, what goes on from there, etc.” After the Kelley Huff concert, I walked to her about it. Kelley said the thing that helped her was just to start with an event that went on at church and then comment on how good God is in your life. It seems so easy, right? yeah, sure. The part about activities at church is easy to say, but to say exactly how God is working in my life? Personally, I would rather find a rock and hide under it. I don’t think there is anything harder in this world than telling people about Jesus in my life. The main problem is knowing what to say and taking it from there. I’ve noticed that usually when people try to witness they get into arguments that don’t pertain to the question asked. Its important to not argue about issues that are irrelevant to the subject, which is expanding God’s Kingdom. What we should talk about is the beliefs that all Christians have always believed. Paul outlined these in a witnessing speech he gave in Athens: God is creator of the heavens and the earth, God has a law that all men have disobeyed (Acts 17:29), the resurrection proves that Christ will judge the world and all people should repent through the Man that God has appointed (Acts 17:30). You don’t need all the answers. Just tell people about your life with Christ. When God brings opportunities to talk remember that its not enough to witness w/your lifestyle. If you never tell people why your lifestyle is the best, they’ll go to Hell thinking, “____ sure is nice.” Also dwell on major truths not minor. Stick to basic beliefs. Don’t cram your faith down others’ throats. Be sensitive to their needs. Listen to them. Show love. Be willing to help them. Jesus was sensitive to people and approached each situation according to the person. The most important thing about being a great witness is that God must have total control of your life. Everything must be his. If you are holding back on his you wont be completely useful for Him. Let the holy spirit move you. When someone asks a question about your faith, take a minute to ask God to give you wisdom and strength to be an effective witness. (Acts 18:9-10)
One of my favorite sayings is “White-washed grave”. That is a person that seems clean on the inside yet they are dead on the inside. How many people do you know like that? Its our job as God’s children to bring more people to him. We need to raise the spiritually dead out of their graves. When you get to Heaven God is going to ask you what you did for him on Earth. I don’t want to tell him, “Well I kept my life clean. I have you total control, but I was too scared to tell my friends about you. The kingdom of God needs more people in it. Are you to busy with your life that you don’t care about your friends’ salvation or are you donna get out there are be the one for people that need God?
Finding this was such a treasure. It got me thinking that our students today have more wisdom than we can imagine. They are listening and processing. Although I read some of these lines thinking “awe…that’s so cute”, there were other parts that made me stop in my tracks because I am still shouting those things from the rooftops. I am so thankful that I was given a chance to have a voice at such a young age. If you work with students, its important to encourage them to cultivate their voice. I would not be where I am today, if I wasn’t challenged back then.