Called as a Witness 9.6.17

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”  1 John 1:3

I was saved at a young age when my parents led me to Christ in prayer. There were no bells and whistles, no turning point, no Saul-Paul transformation. So growing up, I never felt a yearning to share the account of my salvation and had to fight the natural tendency to be “embarrassed” by my testimony. After all, it didn’t make for a very good story. I was forgetting to realize, however, that it actually made for the PERFECT story. Because Jesus chose a flawed, sinful person to become His daughter and I became a firsthand witness to His mercy and love on that day.

As Christians, we often refer to sharing our faith in Christ as “witnessing” or “giving our testimony.” It’s an accurate concept taken directly from the Bible. John, a disciple of Jesus, wrote: “We have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us — that which we have seen and heard we declare to you.”

If you know Jesus as your Savior and have experienced His love, grace, and forgiveness, you can tell someone else about Him. Youth, beauty, and theological training are not required. Reality and enthusiasm are more valuable than a training course in how to share your faith.

When it comes to telling someone the wonderful story of how Jesus Christ can transform a person’s life, there is no substitute for a firsthand witness like me or you. Don’t let the fear of being unremarkable keep you from sharing your life’s most important decision.

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