“But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me do and to those in which I will appear to you.” ~Acts 26:16 ESV
Have you ever felt like you had absolutely no idea why God put you on this earth? Ever wondered if you could do anythiny that would have a long-term effect? I sure have!
I know I’m a work in progress, and I also know God will never give up on me. He is always working to improve us and help us to change into the sons and daughters He created us to become. Nevertheless, these changes are usually uncomfortable, if not downright painful! I, for one, am sick of the discomfort, so sick of it that I am finally willing to become more pliable, more willing to turn in the direction that God leads me.
Sometimes I think I might just be the world’s most stubborn person! It seems to take a mountain falling on my head to get me to change. A gentle nudge never seems to work. Fortunately for me, I’ve finally become aware of this pitfall in my personality and am willing to address it. Now, when I get the same prompting more than once, I take it. I don’t wait till the house falls on me to get the hint.
Seems God’s purpose for every one of us is this—to share the wonderful news of God’s love for us through the gift of eternal life through His son Jesus Christ. That’s it! The only thing that makes each of us different and special is our unique gifts and abilities to share this story.
God gave us our uniqueness. He gave each of us a special talent to use to glorify His name. Some, like myself, have the gift of gab—the ability to tell our story in both spoken and written words. Others can teach, or preach, or sing, or play an instrument. Some can heal, or encourage, or cook. And all of us can reach out and help those in need in any other number of ways. Whatever your God given talent is, that’s your way to share God with others! I love to tell of the many miracles in my own life—we all have our own story to tell, and we all have the love of God within us.
Christmastime is one of the best times of year to make a personal effort to share the gift of salvation. Surprisingly, many people don’t really understand that Jesus lived and died solely to save their eternal lives. Sure, they know the story about the baby Jesus, and have heard Christmas carols that tell of the manger and Mary and the animals and all, but don’t really understand the why part.
This time of year is a such great opportunity to reach out and share. Spend a few dollars at your local dollar store, get sundry items like disposable razors, hand wipes, toothbrushes, and small containers of shaving cream and toothpaste. Then wrap up little gift boxes and go out and share them with the homeless. Who wouldn’t want a present, right?
Asking questions is a great way to start a conversation. Ask someone if they’d like a Christmas gift, and then ask them if they’d like you to pray with them, incorporate a little summary of the story of salvation into the prayer—thanking Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross so we can live with Him forever.
Don’t forget to first silently pray and ask Jesus to give you the words to say before you start. God can, and will, speak through your mouth, all you have to do is be a willing vessel.
There is only one reason we are here on planet earth, and that is to share the love of Jesus. Reach out to someone this holiday season and enjoy the warmth that giving brings, not only to others but to you as well!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Q: Are you ready to work for Jesus?
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