I John 1:1-4 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”
Have you ever noticed that most of us are pretty good at talking about ourselves? Yes. Shameful, I know. But the secret is out – we like to talk about ourselves and our experiences. And though it’s not really good to be self-centered, talking about our experiences can come in handy when it comes to telling others that God loves them.
Why do so many of us Christians think we’re not qualified to share the gospel? Why do we leave it up to the preacher or the Sunday School teacher to tell others about Jesus? Here, John tells us what he has heard with his ears, seen with his eyes, and touched with his hands. He simply tells about his own personal experience with Jesus. And the personal experience of a life changed through Jesus Christ is a powerful witness.
Has Jesus changed your life? Talk about it! Has he healed you, comforted you, helped you? Tell about it! Tell anyone and everyone who will listen. After all, someone, somewhere cared enough to tell you about how Jesus changed his or her life. And in that simple testimony, you found hope, and eventually found a relationship with Him. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar, or called into full-time ministry. Simply tell those around you what you have seen Him do in your life, how He has touched your heart, how He has saved your soul.
Dear Father, Thank you for the people in my past who were not afraid to share Your love, who helped lead me to You. Please help me to do the same for those around me as I share what You’ve done in my life.