“Now stand up! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and my witness. You are to tell the world about this experience and about other times I will appear to you.”
Acts 26:16 NLT
When you find a new dessert recipe that is OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing, you don’t even think twice about sharing it on Facebook, right? Or if you find a home improvement hack that saved you tons of money and time, you would be telling anyone who would listen, right?
I wish it was that easy to talk about my faith. You’ve heard the whole “rule” that you don’t talk about religion or politics in polite conversation, right? Why does it have to be so complicated?!
What if it were simple? What if it were as simple as sharing a recipe or home improvement hack?
In Acts 26 Paul is talking to King Agrippa. He tells King Agrippa all about how he was transformed from a Christian killer into a Christ follower. Paul explains that, after his sight was restored by God, God gave him a job.
“Now stand up! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and my witness. You are to tell the world about this experience and about other times I will appear to you.”Acts 26:16 NLT
God didn’t over-complicate his plan for Paul. “Just tell the world what I did in your life.” I’m guessing he isn’t expecting anything more or less from us.
Where has God appeared in your life? What have you seen God do in the past week? Paul was to simply share the accounts of how and when he “bumped into” Jesus. How does Jesus bump into you?
- Has your faith helped you get through a physical or emotional battle?
- Do your kids behave differently when they listen to Christian music?
- Was some unexpected blessing dropped in your life recently?
- Do you have more peace in your life when you read your Bible and pray?
We can’t change the fact that some people still won’t want to hear about our encounters with God. The Bible warns us that will always be the case. But if we’re asking God for opportunities to talk about him, He will give us opportunities! We can definitely pray that God would continue to give us the wisdom to know when to speak up and the courage to do it.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing up in the big and little moments of our lives. Please give us opportunities to talk about what you’ve done for us. Let us speak with authenticity, joy and courage. Most importantly, help us to speak your truth in love. Amen.