God-empowered testimonies can bring Christ to the hopeless

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In an office where people are depressed. In a neighborhood where children are starving. In a city where resources are few. In a state consumed with negative images. In a country crying out for comfort. In a world desperately in need of a savior.

The Lord is our only hope.

 Telling our testimony is one of the most community-building and uplifting resources we readily have for spreading the gospel. There’s something about seeing a face with a story that brings meaning to universal pain.

 Psychologists say the essence of relationships is having common interests. Luckily, we have a common denominator with the world: a life before Christ.

What better way to point people to the cross than by sitting them in the front seat of your own narrative that was, and continues, to be transformed by the Savior’s grace.

 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 says “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.”

 I think sometimes as Christians we forget the power of the gospel. I know I am guilty of it. I’ve thought, ‘my story isn’t compelling enough to lead someone to Christ.’ But the Lord tells us in the Bible that the gospel doesn’t come through words alone; it comes in power. I believe that if we allow the Lord to use us as instruments to spread the gospel through love and through our testimony, the Holy Spirit will bring the deep conviction for change. There is power in any story displaying God’s grace to a fallen people. Now, let’s show the world we believe this is true.

 In the Bible, Paul gives the church in Thessalonica some encouragement. He tells them the Lord’s message “rang out from them,” and that their faith in God “had become known everywhere.”

 Wouldn’t it be amazing if when a person talked with you, the Lord’s message rang out from you? That when people met you, they felt as if they had truly encountered a child of God.

 This is a challenge for me daily, and I hope that it is for you too. I hope we can examine our lives , turn from whatever idols are in the way, and serve the true God so that our stories tell the world about Jesus. Through the faith of our testimonies, we can give hope to the whole state of Texas by Easter 2010.

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