Sharing Changed Lives - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me honestly evaluate my witness as I read this Scripture, amen.

Read: Acts 26:15b-17,19-20 (NIV)

 “‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them.’

 So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.”

 

Reflect:

Paul shares his story with King Agrippa about how he changed from a zealot against Christians to a lead spokesman for Christ to the Gentiles.  He wanted to share with others whenever possible.  It is fascinating to see how dramatic changes like this affect individuals. They want to let others know what brought about the change.

I had a relative, George (not his real name), that was one of the most negative atheists I have ever known.  He would go ballistic if you started talking about your faith and, sadly, he passed this attitude on to his children.  Because he was a family member, we were together on many occasions.  To keep peace when we were together, I had to walk on eggshells.  His attitude was very evident in the funeral of his wife because he informed the pastor that he did not want Jesus’ name mentioned.  All the songs that were sung had a “New Age” flavor. 

I had given up on George ever making a conversion in his attitude towards Christianity.  The summer before he died, he spent two weeks at a Horse Camp run by Christians who shared the Gospel every evening.  When the camp was over the camp director said George stayed around long after everyone else had left the camp asking about Christ.

How different his funeral was than his wife’s!  It was the same pastor who had done his wife’s funeral, but George wanted an evangelical message.  Christian songs were sung, and Christ’s name was mentioned many times.  George wanted the message of his change communicated to all who attended.  It blessed us all!

Apply:

What’s your story?  While your story may not be as dramatic as Paul’s or George’s, it needs to be shared…... maybe in words, and maybe not.  Often the way you live may speak louder than your verbal testimony.  But still take time to write out your testimony to share with others how Christ has worked in your life when the opportunity arises.

Closing Prayer:

God, bring people into my life with whom I can share how you have changed my faith into a more vibrant one.  In his name, amen.

Terry Schneider