MY STORY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Many of you know my story.  I made a commitment to Christ at the age of six when my father prayed and led me into a relationship with Christ.  At the age of nine I felt a genuine feeling that I would be in ministry as an adult.  At age twelve I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.  At age nineteen my calling into ministry was confirmed by a fleece I had placed before the Lord and with immediacy God responded.  This Christian journey that I’ve been on has been interesting, rewarding and challenging.  Christianity is not for wimps.  But I would not want to do life any other way.
 
Now that’s my simplistic story, but let me remind you of another.  In John 9:1-11, 24-25, 35-38, we find the story of the healing of the blind man.  It shows us how our ordinary actions can lead to eternal impact.
 
As Jesus was walking along …” (v. 1).  He meets a blind man who has been blind from birth.  His disciples wondered of the sin that must have been committed to bring about this curse.  Jesus replied by stating that neither his parent’s sin or his was the cause of his malady.  But behind all of this was that this man who was walking in darkness would meet the One who is the Light of the world, (v. 6).  The blind man received his miracle and sight was restored.  Others wanted to know how his story changed?  They were asking essentially theological questions and the once blind man responded, “This I know, I was blind, and now I can see.”
 
The blind man didn’t have all the answers.  He just knew that Jesus had made a difference in his life.  This wonderful story reminds us that we don’t have to know everything or have all the answers, we just need to tell others what Christ has done for us. 
 
Here’s the deal.  If you are a follower of Christ … you have a story to tell.  When you tell that story in your everyday life, it can have an eternal impact.  Here’s what I want you to say …
 
“My testimony is a powerful tool that God can use to impact someone else’s life for eternity.”  
 
When you dissect the story of the blind man you find a number of results:       
       
(1)  His neighbors were surprised            
(2)  The Pharisees were angry.            
(3)  The Blind man worshipped Jesus            
(4)  Others were influenced for eternity.
 
Here’s something very interesting about your story.  Nobody can argue with it.  It’s your story.  Your friends and family will be interested in your story.  And most importantly God will use it every time.  1 Timothy 1:16 tells us, “But that is why God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst of sinners.  Then others can realize that they too can believe in Him too and receive eternal life.”

~ Pastor Greg


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