Because everyone's got a story to tell.1. It will resonate with the people you will reach.
No one else has your story. It’s yours. If you don’t think your life before Christ was dramatic – guess who can relate? The people who don’t think their lives are dramatic.
You didn’t have to get high everyday or sleep around as a teenager, to be used by God. God can and will use every single situation in your life to bring Himself glory.
When we praise God for deliverance, the Holy Spirit is speaking through us. We can trust that God’s very own Spirit will use our stories to help touch the hearts of those who are longing to encounter the love of the Father.
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.
2. It was good enough for God.
Jesus paid the full price for your sin. On the cross, He had each of us in mind. It's not like He was thinking of everyone's situation...except yours. If Jesus thought it cost the most expensive price in the world, then who are we to say it’s not really worth all that much?
Your small, uneventful story, cost the life of God’s one and only Son.
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
(1 Corinthians 7:23)
3. It was probably worse than you think.
We have a tendency to downplay certain sins – like pride and idolatry. God operates totally different than people. We see each other’s actions. He sees our hearts.
For example, let’s say you had a friend in high school. You and him both struggled with greed. His greedy heart led him to rob someone at gunpoint, while you only ever took $10 out of your mom’s purse.
When we look at you and your friend from a human perspective, we see one person with a violent criminal record, and another, who’s a “typical teenager.” When God looks at you and your friend He sees two desperately greedy souls, longing for a taste of something that truly satisfies. Something eternal.
Ultimately, it’s not our story that saves lives, it’s Christ’s. It's not about us. Frankly, when testifying, sometimes we even glorify certain sin, because a small part of us still thinks it’s cool to be affiliated with sex, clubbing, selling drugs, etc. But that’s a totally different blog post.
So no matter how boring your story may seem – here’s to hating what God hates, and loving every little thing He loves!
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