From Fear to Faith - Part 2

Opening Prayer: 

Lord let me be mindful of the life I live before my family, my friends and the world around me. Let me be especially aware of what testimony is visible to the lost world, about you, from watching my life.

 

Read: John 20:29-31, NIV

“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”” 

 

Reflect: 

When we planned a trip to the Grand Canyon last year, we were filled with excitement and anticipation.  Why? Because we had seen in books and maps and heard from others who witnessed the majestic beauty of this natural formation that it was amazing and breathtaking. It was something we had not seen, nor had ever been to, but we looked forward to seeing it! We were fully expecting it to be as awesome and wondrous as many had themselves told us about! Our journey took us from Phoenix, AZ to the canyon in just a few hours. After a long drive, we knew the destination was close, because we had just entered the official entrance to Grand Canyon National Park! As we drove closer and closer to where the rim was, we could see nothing but trees and bushes. Shortly after, we pulled over to park, walked through a thicket of trees and our jaws dropped open at once! In all the glory of God’s creation, we were finally seeing it! We were so excited! You see, we had not driven there thinking, “this can’t be real, so let’s just see if people are pulling our legs,” or “we are probably wasting our time!” No, instead, we “fully expected” to find something marvelous and to be amazed! The hours of driving built that sense of wonder in us and, oh, what a magnificent sight it was when we finally arrived!

The same is true of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The disciples witnessed many miracles during their time with Jesus.  These acts were so amazing that they documented as many as they could in the part of the bible we know as “The Gospels.” They loved Jesus because he first loved them. The same is true for us today.  God did not send his son into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through him (John 3:17). The disciples recorded these stories of the love of Jesus Christ so that we might understand his love for us, and by believing, we might have life in his name (John 20:31). 

As believers, there is no greater way to share the gospel than by simply telling the world our own personal testimony. Our testimony is nothing more than expressing to others how Jesus Christ has come into our lives and has transformed us. Reading the bible, meditating on God’s promises and living a life more like Christ helps us to be more effective in building his kingdom! The Christian music group, “Big Daddy Weave” sings a powerful song called “My Story.” The words say, “to tell you my story is to tell of him (Jesus Christ).”  What people see demonstrated in your life declares who you are. The words we speak and write share our thoughts with the world. The life we live “testifies” of what we truly believe.

 

Apply: 

Hurting people in our world are searching for answers to life’s most difficult challenges. Many struggle with anxiety, hopelessness, depression and don’t know where to turn. As believers, we have an amazing opportunity to change the course of history for them. Ask God to help you be a light that shines for Christ, so that others may see Him in us.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, I pray that my thought life, my words and my actions will be a living testimony for those who do not yet know you and your saving grace. Your will is that none should perish, so may the story of my life clearly tell the world of Jesus Christ.

Terry Schneiderrestore