Did you know there are people all around you that don’t know the truth about God, Jesus or the Bible? God put you right where you are so you can share your story with them and plant a seed for Him to water. Your story, who you were before God intervened and the way He changed you and made you new is unique and powerful. I would bet that sometime in your life, someone shared their story with you. Sharing your personal, real story with someone who doesn’t know God is one of the best ways to introduce them.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15
So, here is my story.
For most of my life, I was told to be self-sufficient, I had to make it on my own, and that I was the only one who could change my circumstances. I always struggled, in a constant state of anxiety, stress and worry. I just couldn’t do everything on my own. So, I depended on my family and friends for help emotionally, physically and financially.
The more I found myself dependent on others, the more I felt insufficient and worthless. I was miserable because I believed the lie that I should only rely on what I could do for myself. For those of you who don’t know me, I have had a very colorful past. I thought I was dealt a bad hand, that I wasn’t good enough and I beat myself up a lot.
Eventually I learned God never wants that for his children. Thankfully, He put a beautifully insistent woman of grace literally right next to me! My neighbor encouraged and helped me seek my rightful relationship with God. Now I can honestly say the day I gave my worries and fears over to Him was the day my life started growing in joy.
Understanding God sent His son to bear the weight of all our sins and faults and how Jesus brings us to the perfection God created us for has opened my heart fully. Suddenly, everything started falling into place in my life without stress, fear, or a sense of failure. Now I see the more I pray, the more I submit to His will and have faith in His longing to bring relief and happiness to myself and my loved ones. I am truly joyful, grateful, and wholly blessed!
Now, I have come to see the truth. I wasn’t made to be dependent on myself or any other person. I was created as a child of God, loved perfectly even with my imperfections. God created me with purpose. All I had to do ALL those years was believe that one thing.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” – Galatians 3:26
Ask God today who you can share your story with and watch Him change their life.