“Your lives are echoing the Master's Word. . . . The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to say anything anymore — you're the message!" 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (MSG)
God has put a life message within you.
When you became a believer, you also became God’s messenger. God wants to speak to the world through you. Paul said, "... we speak the truth before God, as messengers of God.”
You may feel you don’t have anything to share, but that’s the Devil trying to keep you silent. You have a storehouse of experiences that God wants to use to bring others into his family.
The Bible says, "Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them.” (1 John 5:10a GW)
One thing that will help you prepare to share: Write down the major life lessons you’ve learned. We should be grateful Solomon did this because it gave us the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, which are filled with practical lessons on living. Imagine how much needless frustration could be avoided if we learn from each other’s life lessons.
Here are a few questions to jog your memory and get you started:
- What has God taught me from failure? (Psalm 51)
- What has God taught me from a lack of money? (Phil. 4:11-13)
- What has God taught me from pain or sorrow or depression? (2 Cor. 1:4-10)
- What has God taught me through waiting? (Psalm 40)
- What has God taught me through illness? (Psalm 119:71)
- What has God taught me from disappointment? (Gen. 50:20)
- What have I learned from my family, my church, my relationships, my small group, and my critics?
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.