“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39 ESV)
Have you ever been told that you must be a witness for the Lord or that you have an obligation to minister to others? Do you ever feel daunted as you consider different ways to “go out there and preach?”
I admit that I feel intimidated most of the time. I don’t think of myself as a preacher or teacher of the gospel. Sometimes, I fear that people will ask me a question that I can’t answer. Then what? Would my faith be criticized and mocked?
As a Christian, I understand that I should share my faith. I still remember the “Great Commission” verses from Matthew 28 (Matthew 28:16-20) that I learned as a child.
The issue I struggle with is – HOW? I’m turned off by the abrasive and aggressive methods of some people, and I cringe at the possibility of becoming anything like that.
Then, there’s the issue of my health. Yes, I believe that God is a healer and could work a miracle of divine healing in my life. Yes, I’ve prayed for healing. Yet, illness remains a visible part of my life.
So, there have been many instances when I’ve hesitated in sharing my faith because of my physical limitations.
Today’s passage (Luke 8), however, solved a lot of the problems that I’d thought about. Jesus dramatically touched this young man’s life and provided a perfect avenue for witnessing – “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39 NIV) I felt encouraged by the simple command. I found the hope that I needed and the courage to welcome opportunities to share my testimony.
When someone asks me about my health, I realize that God is opening a door for me to share how He has touched my life. It could be as simple as mentioning the times God answered my prayer for a good night’s sleep; or explaining the sense of peace He provides when I face new difficulties with my health; or the courage He gives me when I receive an unexpected diagnosis.
But, if we do like Jesus told this young man and simply tell what God has done for us, we’ll be able to share our faith with joy and gladness.
God has a way of using our struggles in life as an opportunity to let His glory shine through.
As we live our everyday, mundane lives, let’s learn to recognize the moments when God wants to use us to be a blessing in the lives of those around us.
It’s as simple as being available and willing to share how God has touched our lives.
Prayer: Lord, help us to get rid of fear and trust you to help us tell about Your goodness. Don’t let us make it complicated to explain Your love for us.
Quote for reflection:
“The only way to overcome our fears is to step into them, trusting God to do His work through us.” -Dr. Charles Stanley