In honesty, I’ve second-guessed my last post.
I am typically a private person – sorta. I talk. A lot. But I share what I want to share. There are certain “topics” that I simply don’t discuss. Decided that a long time ago.
So, I was the first person to be surprised by what my fingers were typing. But, as I told a friend, I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to share. Still, though, I have been running this narrative in my head:
“Hmm, probably should’ve kept that to yourself.”
“That’s too much information.”
“Well, it’s out there now.”
And, since we are being open and honest, I will confess that I even thought, “Well, you could deny that it was YOUR story.”
And then, I was cleaning up one of my personal email boxes. I don’t get to those boxes as often as I used to, so there are a lot of messages. I am able to see the subject lines which helps me decide quickly whether I want to open the message and read it or simply delete it and move on. One line caught my attention: “Someone, Somewhere Needs to Hear Your Story.”
My first thought was, “Does God do email?”
Well, I know the answer. “No. He gets others to send it for Him.” (Smile)
Why do we keep our stories locked away in diaries, buried deep within ourselves and barricaded behind clenched teeth? There are myriad reasons. None good. None excusable. None acceptable. Not really.
Oh, there’s shame, guilt, fear, pride… Like I said, none good.
Acts 1:8 (NET) says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Let’s just get three things straight.
- When the Holy Spirit comes to you, you shall be witnesses. Translation, you will speak and share how Jesus has worked in your life. Yes, we are called to share the Gospel of the Good News and to tell others how they can be saved, but that is not all that we are called to share. Our personal stories are the most powerful – especially those of how we were saved, healed, forgiven, restored…
- You shall be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the earth. Translation, you will witness anywhere and everywhere.
- You shall be witnesses. Translation, you shall be witnesses.
One of the greatest testimonies ever recorded was that of a pagan emperor who came to know that the God of Israel was the only true and living God. In Daniel 4:1-2 (NET) King Nebuchadnezzar testified to all peoples, nations and language groups living in the land, “I am delighted to tell you about the signs and wonders that the most high God has done for me.” In 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NET), David directs the Israelites to “Give thanks to the Lord! Call on His Name! Make known His accomplishments among the nations!”
Not so comfortable telling all peoples, nations and language groups? You probably don’t have to. Just be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and tell what He directs you to tell, when and to whom.
Someone, somewhere needs to hear YOUR story.