We often feel like we are inadequate when it comes to sharing the Gospel with others. We don't know "the right" words to say. We don't have a good enough education. There is no degree in theology; we've never even sat in a systematic theology class. We don't know Hebrew and/or Greek.
Perhaps we stutter when we speak or rather than looking like suave and sophisticated, we look well... rather ordinary if not a bit frayed around the edges. Besides... we're not the least bit exciting or interesting. Who would listen to someone like us?
What I'm about to say may ruffle a few feathers but I still believe it is true for every single one of us. God doesn't want fancy sermons or elaborate programs. He simply wants us to share our story.
Now it is true that the venue will not look the same for everyone. For some people it means that they will be standing on a platform in front of thousands of other people. Others will stand in front of twenty, ten or even five people. Others will simply be sitting at someone's table sipping a cup of coffee or in my case writing blogs with a Coke Zero close at hand. :wink:
Some people will minister to shut-ins via satellite. Others will minister to them by actually slipping into their bedroom and taking a seat next to their bed. Some people will use the spoken word and others will use the written word. The method is not what matters so much as the content; you're sharing "your story" which is His story, with a world that desperately needs to hear it.
The important thing is that we do it. We simply share our story which is woven into His. May we all be "storytellers".
Thank you K for encouraging the most powerful witness that there is ... your personal testimony. This is something that cannot be refuted ( I learned that waaaay back in my very first class) ... and it was an evangelism class. I have never forgotten it. God takes us individually through things meant to bring us into a revelation of an aspect or aspects of Him. When we cooperate, we have a true witness and a testimony.
[quote]We often feel like we are inadequate when it comes to sharing the Gospel with others. We don't know "the right" words to say. We don't have a good enough education. There is no degree in theology; we've never even sat in a systematic theology class. We don't know Hebrew and/or Greek. Perhaps we stutter when we speak or rather than looking like suave and sophisticated, we look well... rather ordinary if not a bit frayed around the edges. Besides... we're not the least bit exciting or interesting.[/quote]
That's a perfect description of me. Sister, I didn't know we had met????
Aah! You read my mind again. I know that my 'learning' has not been all it should (far from it) but I also know that I know that God knows that I know that He knows that I know that he has me in the palm of his hand. While it is my daughter who has taken on the theological study I am blessed to have the job that God has given me, i.e. to make a place for her to come home to. To some is given the stage and to some the responsibility of handing out the cups of tea. I am more than happy with the kitchen duties :wink:
Happy Anniversary, K! What a perfect blog for your 5th anniversary here at CB ~ for you have told your story and blessed countless lives in the telling ~ blessings, dear Sister/Friend! blessings, blest
for everyone that knows me, other than baking cake sand talking about food, I still"stick to the basics" and keep the simple things simple. ( plain and simply put... nuff said be blessed
I have those moments that I cry out, "Is anyone listening?" Then the Holy Spirit ministers to me and I realize that if just one life is changed, one heart changed for the Kingdom of God then yes it all matters. I sometimes get lost in wanting to see the mass conversion, the fire of revival ignited, that I forget the simpleness in sharing 'my story'.
He has equipped us all to be able to share our story. The way in which we do that may be different but that's okay, we are different. Thank you for the reminder.