I want you to think back to the moment God opened your eyes. What was your life like before Christ? What is your life like now… with Christ? My favorite example of this in the Bible would have to be the story of Paul and the conversion he had on the road to Damascus. After this encounter, you couldn’t shut him up. He is what people, nowadays, would refer to as a Jesus freak!
I think about what Christ has done for me and I have a very hard time being quiet about it. I want to shout it from the mountaintops. I want share that story with everyone. In fact, I believe that Christ calls each and every one of us to this task…not just leaders in the church or those gifted in communication. We all have a story and there are people in our lives who NEED to hear that story!
Sometimes I wish when we introduced ourselves to others, that it was like we were at a big Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and we felt comfortable enough to just tell people who we are, where we are at and what we struggle with. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people get uncomfortable and nervous when people start sharing this type of information. When I hear Christians say that they are just “private” people I often wonder if that privacy stems more from fear than just simply how they are wired. There is nothing wrong with being quiet and reserved, (I am quiet and reserved) but when it comes to sharing our story with others I don’t think we have the “right” to use this excuse.
So, who needs to hear your story today?
“I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:10)
“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.” (Psalm 71: 14-16)